The writing, particularly of the first half is funny, complex, insightful. In the second half, the plot overwhelmed the nuance of the first half a bit, making a potato chip of a book —one just gobbles it up. I do love potato chips, but the substantive aspect can get subsumed. There is a lot of substance coupled with a fascinating heroine. I favor the substantive parts, but the book is so entertaining, I will take what I can get from Ms. Reid.