Such a beautiful, gentle book, telling the story of Clare's life from birth to adolescence. A delightful and intriguing tale of a child who feels herself 'different', who neither fits in nor understands the people around her. What particularly appealed to me is her celebration of social awkwardness; by the end of the book it is clear that Clare is never going to quite fit in or meet society's expectations, but she's probably going to be just fine, for all that! Clare's voice, as narrator, is clear and authentic and although her experiences are universal, her take on it all is what sets this tale apart. I loved it and read it in one sitting.