It was better than I expected. This book, although supposedly giving the experiences of a young girl, seemed to really be more of an adult's subsequent recollections and understandings to some extent based on information that became available after the described events occurred. It seemed a little far-fetched that one of the Jewish underground young men was so prescient about what was and would be going on in the war in the near future. Notwithstanding, I did feel like I was living the young lady's experiences in this terrible time. Sometimes, things dragged a bit because of the monotonous life the Jews were forced to live in Shanghai.