This one was a sad story...or started off that way. I really felt bad for the main character, Betta. Because it was such a small book, I felt that it never went anywhere for quite a while...it introduced us to several characters and moved slowly as she got to know these new and old people. It explained the "year of pleasures" more than halfway through and then wrapped up quickly...which wasn't really what I was expecting. It was still an enjoyable read but not quite what I thought it would be.