I wanted to like this book more than I did. I thought the characters were charming, and Fern was a fun main character. But when the "big thing" happens, I didn't want it to be what it was and I wasn't particularly in the mood for dealing with that kind of issue. I liked the family though, and the fact that it was partially set in the restaurant. I think this will appeal to certain teens, and hopefully if they read it they'll be more in the mood for it than I was.