I didn't give this one a rating right after finishing, because I wanted to think about it a bit. This is not a fast-paced, action and plot-laden book. But I was compelled to read it anyway, the language was beautiful and very readable, and I could almost imagine that she was describing life very much the way it was around where I currently live in Iowa.Nothing much actually happens, it really is more about character portraits and the landscape and the season, than it was about a certain rise and fall of a plot line.I can see where this could be hated by students who were forced to read it in school, which would really be too bad. It needs to be read and appreciated for itself, not as something forced on a reluctant reader.I'm not even really sure why it caught my eye, but I'm glad I decided to give it a try. It turns out that I have O Pioneers on my Nook, and I will definitely read it some day soon as well.