Although written at a reading level appropriate for young readers, it wasn't simplistic or lacking in substance. I had one little nitpick with the plot which would have, if goodreads allowed such a thing, have knocked half a star off, but I decided to round up rather than down. A nice easy read, I finished it in one day. I am going to add it to my Pinterest "When Bad Covers Happen to Good Books" board since I never would have wanted to appear in public with this cover, but that is what Kindles are for, right?If you want a nice, easy read that manages to still be clever, well-written, this is a good choice. It is an excellent palate cleanser between your very serious literary tomes, and if you need a gift for a middle grade to ya age reader, it would be hard to do better.