I wanted to like this novel, I really did. At first, I found Andromeda to be a sympathetic character with her poor hearing, her overbearing mom, her emotionally absent dad, her boyish figure, her bizarre lexicon, and her quirky obsessions. After awhile, however, the minute details of occultism and magic (or magick, depending on which occultist you follow) as well as the author's insistence on using the misheard words in place of real words started to drag me down. Maybe if you were reading this 424-page book in one sitting you could remember that "Sylvester Mouse" really means "some extra hours" or that "vacuum" really means "bathroom," but it just got tedious after awhile. I was halfway through the book (checking to see how many pages I had to go) when I realized that there was a glossary. That would have been helpful to know from the outset, but not all of the kooky words are in there, so maybe not. This is definitely one of those books that will have a specific following, a niche audience, a select few who pass it around amongst themselves. Everyone else will find it hard to get past the first 10 pages.
Not really recommended for grades 9-12.