First impression, the style of the book drove me nuts! The story is written in the form of a poem: short lines, stanzas, etc. Seriously, it took me two-thirds of the way through the book to get used to it. That being said, it was a quick read. I read it aloud to my daughter in 2 hours in one sitting.
Mavis Betterly, May, has a few problems. She doesn’t do well in school and she wants to be a teacher. Her parents have pulled her from school and hired her out to another family. The couple leaves her and she is forced to survive on her own for 5 months until her father is supposed to come and pick her up for Christmas.
May does a good deal of growing up in the time she’s alone and eventually decides that she is in charge of what happens to her.
I like the idea of the story. It is set in Kansas as the West is being settled in the late 1800′s. The story has kind of a Little House on the Prairie vibe, which I like and May is a strong character. These are the selling points. The format took away from the story in my opinion. I wish I had picked up the audio version. I think I would’ve liked it better.