I am in high school and this was a book recommended to me by my US history teacher. I thought that the book was far from linear and that the author branched out on too many topics. This book described the fair in great detail, but failed to describe many of the exhibits and failed to capture my interest. I was tourtured through reading this book, and the only thing that was interesting was the outward description of the fair. The book did not describe the underlying theme of the fair in good detail. The love story was unneccessary and was only there as a human interest story. I do not recommend anyone reading this book.