Between the ages of about 9 to 14, this was my go-to book. I read it over and over. It was the underlying sadness that drew me in. The father-daughter relationship was real - it made sense to me in a way that few other books could match.
I picked it up again as an adult and was elated to discover I could still get swept up in it. Admittedly, the 5-star rating comes from the 10-year-old me. If I had read this book for the first time as an adult I would have enjoyed it, but not nearly as much. However, as a book I loved when I was learning to love books, it's aces.