I bought this at a book fair when I was a substitute teacher. It was delightful. I like that it is a series of poems that tell a story and that can each stand alone. It?s a great way to get into the mind of the protagonist, having us read her poetry journal. It?s also a great depiction of the emotions of an adolescent girl. Young girls who read this may be able to learn from Sophie?s mistakes without making the same ones themselves, but it?s not a heavy-handed cautionary tale; they can also learn from her good choices. For that matter, so can older girls and so can boys.