I was thoroughly impressed by this book on first read, and countless reads on, I am STILL impressed by it!
I am a real Kate Cann fan. I have been reading her books from the age of about 14 yet I still enjoy them now aged 18. They still don't seem juvenile to me as they just aren't. They're not written in a condescending or childish manner, they're written for adults aswell as children.
The story is basically about how a young girl of 18 takes gap year work in america. There she discovers a lot about herself, and embarks on the adventure of her life with an iguana (aptly named 'iggy') in tow. Spice all this up with a crazy lady named Sha, kindness from the most unusual of places, and of course the obligatory lurve, and you end up with one hell of a good read.
Perfect summer stuff, I absolutely can't recommend it enough, and the rest of Kate Cann's books.