For a YA, this was more moving and engaging than I was expecting. Larson did a great job of addressing the hardships of homesteaders during WWI, as well as the anti-German climate in the US at that time. Hattie as a character is inspiring and witty, and I found myself at times wondering if I would have had the ability to do that, and at times yelling at her for her inaction. However, I think Larson hit the nail on the head in terms of the expectations of how a 16 year old girl in 1918 would be brought up and expected to think. I stayed up very late to finish this and, I'll admit, wept a few times during it. I definitely recommend this for anyone who enjoys YA, coming-of-age, or historical fiction in the early 1900s.