I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it. I found the earlier portions of Cleary's life far more interesting (and easier to read about) than her late teens. There is a lot of weirdness around her relationship with her mother, and it didn't feel like she really explained it very well. I wonder if it's because her books are loved by so many kids, maybe she worried about writing too much discomfiting stuff about her mom. I walked away from this book wanting either more or less, I don't know for sure which.