Set in late-13th century England, this journals the trials and tribulations (and occasional joys) of Birdy, the teen daughter of an uncouth minor noble of the time. Whether discussing the parasites that plague her, the maidenly occupations that annoy her, or the forthcoming marriage that disgusts her, she is a feisty, hopeful yet strangely pragmatic soul. The book does not shy away from some of the less pleasant aspects of Medieval life, nor does it romanticize the period. Funny, immersive, upsetting and thought-provoking, it is YA, but so much more.
— Rachel Hyland