I would have given this a five star rating if it hadn't ended on such a positive note. I absolutely loved Loa's voice. Woolston does an amazing job evoking such an intelligent, lonely, heartbreaking character. She never whines, she never really feels sorry for herself; she just deals with it and moves on. We (the reader) discover horrendous things slowly as Loa writes in her psych/dream journal. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the story unraveled and the tone. My only complaint was that Woolston felt she had to tack on a happy ending. Certainly things are completely happy, but Loa is looking up; her mom is back in school; they are living in town; they have money with the sale of the land; she is thinking about college and forgives Corey...it just felt like Woolston tried too hard to wrap things up. I would have preferred (and I think the novel really needed) a messier, more natural end.