The three stars are because it picked up in the last fourth; most of the way through it would have been two stars for me because I felt pretty bored. The story moves slowly, the characters are flat, and their interactions with the past are similar to ones in many similar books. Also, the over-emphasis on hair and clothing styles made the modern setting seem very dated. Now I'm scared that my beloved [b: Blossom Culp|39970|The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp (Blossom Culp, #3)|Richard Peck|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1169347521s/39970.jpg|525295] books really weren't that good, either. Better not reread them!