I feel like this book should have been 150-200 pages shorter. Parts of this book were really interesting, but other parts really dragged. Portia is not an entirely likeable character - she's paralyzed by the smallest upsets in her life, so when some really huge life changes happen, she totally melts down. This is where the book kind of fell apart for me. There's way too much description of Portia's depression, how she doesn't eat, barely sleeps, doesn't shower or wear clean clothes, etc.The parts of the book talking about the college admissions process and the other characters were more interesting. It's a fairly fast read even though it's over 600 pages in paperback.