I was forced to read this for GCSE and really didn't enjoy it. It wasn't the subject matter, as it's obviously not going to be all smiles and rainbows, it was more the ending. The lead character spends her whole life trying to find out who she is and where she fits, to end up in the situation she is in where she is no better than a slave. I won't ruin the ending, but I found it really depressing and was just another form of slavery.
Compared with other books I have read by this writer, this one was very detached and I felt was more of a sociological study than a narrative in which the author was emotionally involved. I did not identify at all with the characters, esp the central one, and there was nothing particularly lively in the writing style. So for me the book was a dutiful slog more than a gripping read - and I was disappointed in that I had found the previous novels by Buchi Emecheta compelling, and could not put them down.