mkat303's review against another edition
Brought this along on my trip to Hawaii, to have something relevant to read. The author grew up partly on Kauai, where we were staying, so it was useful for Kauai history and culture. Ok, so maybe a book about the author's heroin-addicted mother was a bit of a downer for a vacation read. Good writing, but I couldn't get into it that much.
thelibrarianmom's review against another edition
I'm giving this a GENEROUS 3 stars. I wanted to like this so badly, but the organization and storytelling just didn't do it for me. It was all over the place. I thought that the most interesting part of the story happened during the last 30 pages or so and should've spent more time on that than other stuff that just didn't add to the book at all. I wanted to put it down many times, but only kept reading it because my late mother gave it to me and because I'm going to Hawaii next month, otherwise I would've put it down.