Growing up in the sixties, Cassandra has a rather unorthodox home life. Her mother is a single parent, falling in and out of various jobs, and sharing her home with many interesting characters. She has a tendency to treat Cassandra as a friend, rather than a daughter, and yet their relationship is generally a happy one, always full of love.
Cassandra has to deal with an episode of abuse, that stays with her as she grows, and also being sent to boarding school. This is somewhere that she initially does not want to go to, yet grows to enjoy it's security. The story continues throughout her differing careers, and the relationship she finally settles into.
The story is told as Cassandra sits besides her mother, who is dying from cancer, as she reflects back on the life they've shared. Their relationship is a heart warming one, whilst remaining realistic.
This is a delightful book, combining some emotional issues with humorous comments and moments. It's easy to read, and kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what would come next. The various characters are well written, and have stayed with me. As well as exploring various relationships, especially the one between Cassandra and her mother, it also explores the effect that different experiences can have throughout life, be them minor or major.