The story was endearing, and the transition between child and woman is nothing new in literature. However, Olive's Ocean will speak to young girls about the trials of passage in an awkward stage of life. The positive aspects, however, did not make up for the weaknesses of the book. The protagonist does nothing yet wander from situation to situation, and by the end of the story, the reader still does not feel a connection to Martha. Instead, you observe her story from an outsider's point of view, even though the story is written in first person.Still, this will make a decent book for a preteen girl.