I really like this one because it's similar to an earlier story she wrote, but more mature and more complete. As noted, the characters are a little bit similar to the ones in A Complicated Kindness, but this actually works to its advantage instead of making itfeel like a rehash. I kind of liked it more because it did end up feeling more mature, as I said.
there are some quietly funny moments and more great characters that you can really empathize with. Certain elements explore the way people perceive each other's cultures--both correctly and incorrectly--and it was nice to see that done so well.
I try to think of negative traits about this book--it's slightly less raw than aCK, I guess, but otherwise, I'm struggling to think of anything else bad about it. It's not quite as bold in some ways, but that's not a bad or good thing, really, because it still works perfectly well.
Again, I recommend this one pretty strongly and it's a particularly good pairing with both A Complicated Kindness and Lullabies for Little Criminals.