What a beautiful unbroken plot. No overdone whiny naive virginal heroines here. Thank. Gawd. The refreshing, fun and emotionally-engaging first person narrative gets better as the story progresses and Em's three rules on relationships--or no relationships, as it were--are stretched at the seams. In a way, this story empowers women and breaks through social stigmas better than all the modern books in the genre. Em does things her way, unapologetically, stubbornly, yet she recognizes the flaws in her approach and has moments of surrender and passion. She's one of my favorite heroines to date.The friends and ragtag family members add texture to this tale, wrapping supportive arms around you, bringing you into their fold so deeply, you forget you're reading.I didn't want this story to end. I want more stories and characters like it. Incredible, unforgettable book. Thank you, Ms. Lauren.