This book was cheesy! When you listen to a book and you think . . . I could write this book . . you know you're in trouble. I stuck through to the very end so that I could judge the book fairly. There wasn't a single "quotable" in the whole book. It was cheap and predictable.
I downloaded this book and listened to it today. What a fun day I had! The narrator is good throughout, unless you have trouble with a "perky, resiliant" narrator trying to sound like a handsome male lead. Aside from this quirk, which could also be seen more optimistically as "chic talk," I suppose, this is a fun story, that moves along quickly, doesn't get lost, and actually ends up some place. I read many of the Nancy Drew mysteries when I was a kid (though certainly not all 56 of them), so the references to the stories pulled fondly at old heart strings. I'm sure that's why I was drawn to the book. If you haven't read Nancy Drew, you can probably substitute anything you read seriously as a child that seems silly now, and come up with the general atmosphere of Charlote's world. It is a kind of a coming of age story, then, where childhood viewpoints no longer work, but are called upon nonetheless.
Something different, fun. Even laugh out loud funny at times- but the ending ruined it for me. Tired of "and they all lived happily ever after"? Actually, I was hoping that the author wouldn't choose to tie everything up in a tight little bow, BUT I have a real problem with plot lines that white-wash over just how difficult it is to raise a happy, well-adjusted child in a one-parent household. How about re-writing the ending? Does the possibility of a sequel require the present ending?