I haven't read juvenile fiction since I was a juvenile, but this looked like fun so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Aside from the fact that it's written for children (with a heroine who's 5th-6th grade during the course of the book) I found it very sweet. There were some references that I'm not sure a girl of this age would "get" but otherwise it's a nice book. Clean fiction that is appropriate for children is always a good thing. This has some minor girl-conflict but nothing that isn't true to life. The story starts in NYC and moves to Texas when Jules and her mom make the cross-country move. It's pretty fast paced and at one point I didn't realize months had gone by until Jules was heading back to school. There are minor inconsistencies but none that a young reader would notice.
I was amazed when I finished the book and read the back cover copy about the author. Seventeen years old! What a great accomplishment. She should be proud of herself.