The novel reads like a self-absorbed, solipsistic ramblings of a lovelorn adolescent interspersed with intermittent flashes of genius. The story is based on the relationship between the author, Elizabeth Smart, and her lover George Baker, which Smart chooses to drown in metaphors; some of these are poetic and beautiful, however some of these are drowned beneath a sea of self-absorption. The problem with Smart’s approach is that whilst over a page or two the emotions portrayed in her are powerful, spread over a hundred pages or more they become farcical as the reader lacks an anchor with which to relate to the characters-instead the characters emotions are rendered unrelateable as the are solely seen through the haze of Smart’s heartbreak and her attempt to capture this via a perpetual stream of poetry.