I don’t know if I have read way too many depressing books in my lifetime, or if I just have a terribly gloomy outlook, but I somehow thought this book would be worse than it was. Not worse in the sense of bad writing, but worse in the sense of what the characters go through. Sure their mom neglects them and leaves them without enough to eat. Sure, she abandons them and runs off with sketchy men. But, she never really hits/hurts them too badly. I guess I was expecting something more along the lines of a fictionalization of A Child Called It. Whatever it was, I just remember thinking, “That was it?” I guess, maybe, all the hype on my listserv could have had me expecting too much before I started reading (listening to) this book. The narrator was really great, and the writing was fine. It just wasn’t what I thought it would be. Still, if you’re into depressing stories about messed up families, this one is worth a shot.