on April 28, 2011 :
I like to read fiction written for young people and this book was very enjoyable. I found it positive, appealing, and easy to read. I appreciated the uplifting resolution at the end. Plus, it appears the author understands the correct way to use the term “i.e.”. Many do not.
Delores is likable and believable. It is easy to accept that a young, clever person with a developing character would use her intelligence to formulate a plan to help her get what she wants, even if her desires are a bit misguided.
In my opinion, two things make the book unrealistic.
1. Step-mother makes too dramatic of a transformation in too short a time. The book wants us to believe that she was always kinder than she appeared, but that didn’t seem realistic based on the way the book described her behavior.
2. Health institution employees would never give out information about patients as freely as those in the book did. They would, at a minimum, be reprimanded--more likely fired, as the they were very casual about it, as if it were a habit.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)