I didn't realize what an impact this book had on my life. I think this book is responsible for my love of writing as I started keeping a journal when I was 11. When I re-read it, I found it to be so much more then a girl who spied on people and kept notes. It is about the struggles of a writer, who has to overcome rejection, abandonment, and self doubt. I thought Harriet was a well formed character, and her world is very interesting. If you are a writer, read it. If you have a child, I would strongly recommend it.