Dec 29, 2020
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was gripping in the way it depicted the effects of the Spanish flu on the people (especially the poor) of Philadelphia. For a large portion of the book, Pia suffered at the hands of adults. I don't find it easy to read about children suffering, so I didn't really enjoy those parts. I don't think that affects my rating though.
What does affect my rating is having so much of the book told from Bernice's point of view. Generally I don't enjoy reading chapters from the point of view of a villain anyway, and Bernice was an exceptionally horrible person. Though she was far from the only person at the time to experience loss, she thought her loss justified lying, stealing, and worse. Plus she was full of hate. Every chapter she seemed to be up to something even more evil than the previous chapter. I did not enjoy her chapters at all.
I did find the very end to be satisfying.