Author: Meg Rosoff
This book was different, and definitely not what I was expecting.
Knowing it was YA, I never thought it would deal with something like incest so openly, and yet there is no doubt in the book about what is going on, and Daisy shows no real qualms about it. That is one of the aspects that drew me in. Daisy's voice was so guileless, so innocent and naive, despite her age, that I couldn't help but feel protective of her.
Rosoff's account of the war was fresh and interesting in that the war didn't really play that big a part in the first half of the book.
What did annoy me endlessly, and made me have to put the book down more than once to re-focus, was the lack of quotation marks for speech. The lack of that distinction does give the book an original feel, but it messed with my brain way too much, and ended up disrupting the narrative for me, making everything more complicated than it needed to be.