I was doing the good reader thing, plugging along and enjoying the story. The setting of a Montana blizzard was quite appropriate at the time. The book had me going.
Then I did the naughty reader thing. My curiosity got the better of me, and I skipped and skimmed my way to the ending to find out what happened. Having done that, I lost interest in reading the rest of the book.
I do that sometimes.
I see this as a worthy book; themes of struggle against the elements, youth taking on responsibility, independence and reliance on others, were well considered. Life during World War I and the consequent discrimination against Germans were important and timely topics. (The fact that it was set during the war makes me want to read The Hearts of Horses all the more.) In a way, I am sorry that I spoiled the book for myself.
All in all, I appreciate this tale of a young woman facing up to life. But my favorite young adult historical fiction novel remains The Witch of Blackbird Pond.