This book is not to be found on Kindle or at the library, so I decided to take a chance and order this off Amazon. I was not disappointed. First off, the book was in beautiful condition, and the cover is much more attractive in person. Put that aside, and the story was great. I both received and finished the book today. It was easy to be absorbed in it, and to really, truly enjoy it. Even the snakes themselves were wonderful characters, and the ones that were annoying at first eventually became lovable. Nancy Springer often does bittersweet endings, ones that I am never quite sure whether or not I like. This one was, I suppose, but to a lesser extent than some of her other books. It ended happily, for everybody.
Dusie's problem was not just that she had snakes for her hair, it was that she believed that they would prevent her from finding love. You see, she thought that to find true love it was all about the clothes, and hair, and make-up and superficial things, and that since the snakes made her 'ugly' she would never have the one thing that she truly wanted. The novel is her journey of learning the true meaning of love discovering who she truly is.
It was a short book, a pleasant book. It was fun and the snakes were wonderfully enjoyable. I would recommend this one, especially since it is a wonderfully low price on Amazon.