Garrett's debut novel shows a writer of great promise. Simone is a complex protagonist: a mixed-race bi-curious young woman who is open about her feelings and her needs. Her relationship with her two dads is something of a revelation in its closeness and mutual respect. And pretty much all of the characters in this diverse and richly drawn story are interesting and unique. Unfortunately, the story has serious execution problems: from its clunky extortion plot to its lack of focus on its own plot points, this can be a maddening read. Really interesting characters stumbling through a poorly developed script makes me hope for better on her next outing (and leaves me looking forward to checking out that novel).