Simply put, this is the story of three plane crashes and how they impact on the early life of teenage Miri and her family.
I loved all the Judy Blume novels when I was a teenager, so probably approached this hoping for more of the same. Her voice is familiar and I still love puzzling out the references to US culture. I liked Miri, but found most of the other characters harder to identify with or enjoy reading about. I wasn't sure who the book was about – all of them, but mostly Miri, but this isn't clear, and I didn't feel very engaged with any of them to be honest.
One of the big plot twists isn't signposted, despite involving Miri's mother, who has point-of-view sections earlier in the novel. I felt that she should have been able to tell her side of what happened, instead of saving it for a 'big reveal' by Miri. It felt glossed over. Same with Natalie's decline.
The book also slows down a lot in the middle, then races ahead towards the end.
I did carry on reading because it's well-written, but also because I received a review copy and thus wanted to base my response on having read the whole thing. The novel is so evocative of time and place, but for me the characterisation didn't match up. It's worth a read, but I wasn't gripped (like I used to be) by her words.