I have to say I found this book terribly boring. It started off strong, when Stella was a child being raised by a single mother. The anecdotal stories from her youth were engaging, and in their own ways, beautiful. All of this changes when Stella's mother remarries, and Stella develops into a bit of a brat. She begins acting out and rebelling, and ends up, quite predictably, in trouble.
The rest of the book is so unremarkable. It simple outlines the remainder of Stella's life, all the poor decisions she makes, the few redeeming choices she has, and basically a summary of an dull, ordinary life. I found myself wholly unable to care about Stella as a character. She seemed flat and undeveloped from a literary character standpoint. The plot was also very plain, and nothing about it grabbed my attention in the least.