In my review for Brodey's first book I said that there was little of the content that I related to but this book is the polar opposite. The book follows the life of a girl from her childhood on and on, and it does so with such candor for what it is to be a young woman (or person in general) growing up. Darla is like a mirror image of anyone at their most awkward moments from when she believes that squalor is a city in New Mexico on to when she tells her father that she hates him.
This book has great humor and great drama, each approached with such a realistic fashion. A great story of family being your biggest enemy and best friend. The nuclear's family dynamic was my favorite part of the story as Darla gradually discovers the humanity of her parents and the depth of personal responsibility it takes to become an adult.