Well I finally finished the book. I enjoyed reading it. I could identify partcially with the author as I was raised in a town of a similar size, located in the Midwest and roughly the same time period. I do think Zippy's family life was much more carefree than mine. Although she never makes many negative comments about her parents, the author seemed to be left to raise herself a lot.
I found many little things that brought back memories of my childhood while reading this book like--- the banana seat on her bike, decopauge, Crochet Pop Can hats, clothing styles, etc.
I think I would enjoy reading the sequel after finishing this book.