I really enjoyed this book, but I could see some other people having issues with it. The story is pretty straight-forward, a bit predictable perhaps. But it seemed truthful and refreshing. Another unique aspect of this book how every other chapter consists of the author and main character's talking to each other -- something you will probably love or hate, with little in-between. It reminded me of watching a DVD with the commentary track turned on.
I appreciated the issues that Julia has to deal with: racism, acceptance, death of animals, friendship, and even "happy eggs" vs. cheaper supermarket eggs.