I enjoyed this book more than any others I have read from Alice Hoffman. Although the story was melodramatic and could be a real downer at times, I always enjoy the way Hoffman writes and the way she adds a lot of "magic" and earthiness into her stories. I was really sad at the end because the thought of my children not wanting to be with me is horrifying, but the plotline made sense, since "the meanest boy in Verity" had so much in common with Julian. On a side note, Julian and Lucy's passionate connection is somewhat creepy when you consider how alike Julian is to Lucy's son. Anyways, if you like stories about family dysfunction and the Lifetime Channel (which I do, on occasion haha) you will probably enjoy this book.