October's Mother-Daughter Book Club Selection.
If I'd been reading this on my own I think it very likely that I'd have abandoned it early on. But I continued out of obligation and it DID get better. I still never fell in love with it, however. The characters never won me over and it was dull in some spots and a bit scattered in others. To be quite frank, it doesn't surprise me at all that this was the author's first attempt at youth fiction.