The only thing keeping me from giving this one star is the fact that it is a pretty decent and compelling story (albeit a pretty Lifetime Movie kind of one). Besides that, narration by a 5 year old is every bit as insufferable as it sounds. And this 5 year old narration is uneven at best. A lot of the time it comes across as very forced with gratuitous pop culture references and forced simplicity of internal dialogue that doesn't sound like the thoughts of a child as much as juvenile writing. But I guess I understand the decision to write this from the point of view of a child, because that's the only thing that makes the book stand out and not fall completely into Lifetime Movie territory.