I didn't read the jacket of the book prior to reading this so I didn't expect this story to be so dark and disturbing as it was. This goes back to the original Brothers Grimm fairytales, not the ones with happily ever after. The story is written in deceptively simple language, but its contents are deep and even disgusting. Definitely, not for the faint of heart. However, underneath all the disturbing material there is a beautiful coming of age story with moments of strength and resilience.