This was a good book to read to get me out of a reading slump–short, fast, likable characters, and an interesting premise and setting. I do think that some parts were a bit ham-handed, especially many of the details about the MC’s monetary hardships. One example that springs to mind is when the MC is lamenting how she has to buy tampons, leaving her less money for groceries. These things do happen, of course, but the tone of it felt very much like the author had just read a Vox article about period poverty. The constant comparisons of the MC to her mother also felt very forced, as if the author were yanking readers down a path labeled THIS REALLY MATTERS, instead of laying out the path and guiding us down it gently. Allgeyer should perhaps learn to have a bit more trust in her readers’ abilities to connect the thematic dots.
Overall, though, I did tear through this book. I particularly liked the banter between MC and Granny, as well as MC’s romances with Love Interest 1 and 2. As some other reviewers have mentioned, I had also never heard of mountaintop removal mining–fascinating! I’d like to read more books by this author in the future.