I read this YA novel b/c my 11-year-old son brought it home and it looked like a romance, so I thought I'd read it before he did to make sure it was not too risqué for him (it's not). The author was nominated for a National Book Award for a novel for adults (_A Slant of Sun_ ?), which I'll have to check out sometime. I thought her twist on the Cyrano story was quite inventive. While I found some of the metaphors the main character writes more poetic than others, the interesting thing about her is her close attention to detail about the world around her. The romance itself doesn't go very far within the book; it's the character study of the heroine that makes the book worthwhile.