Let me start by saying that I am generally not a fiction reader. A novel has to catch me in the first paragraph, or at most, the first page, for me to stick with it. I was attracted to this book because I work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and wanted to see how a main character with "intellectual and emotional difficulties" would be portrayed. Not only did the author do a great job writing Putty's character, but the book itself grabbed me from the very beginning and held me page after page, right through to the end.
I just love Putty. The very thought of her makes me smile. I love how she sees the world. I love the hilarious way she expresses herself. I love her warm heart and her protectiveness toward the people she loves. She makes me happy. This is a fun, funny, feel-good book that also has a lot of depth and substance to it. If it were superficial, I wouldn't have bothered with it.
It's also a small-town story that avoids small town stereotypes and has interesting, well-developed characters. Having grown up in a small Southern town, I tend to get a little cranky with stereotypical portrayals of my "native area", and I would have put the book down if I had seen any of that.
I had a great time reading this book. I really hope the author writes a sequel. I want more Putty in my life.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)