Glory O'Brien is on the doorstep of graduation. Standing in the way of her moving on to a 'normal' life is a devastating loss from her past and the great unknown of what her future will be. To compound Glory's struggle is an event that gives her the power to glimpse into the past and future of those around her, while at the same time clouding her understanding of her own. A unique coming of age story that finds the reader contemplating whether fate exists or not.
I found the character of Glory O'Brien to be relatable, with her disdain for society's expectations of girls/women, but I also found the story line sometimes overly detailed. There was some degree of predictability to the story as well, but I guess that is part of the experience of reading, that as a reader I try to predict what will happen and when it does, I'm either glad that I was correct, or disappointed that the author didn't surprise me with more twists. I can understand why this book is getting good critical reviews for the ability of the author to move several pieces of a story line along by alternating between realism and fantasy.