I wasn't surprised by all the plot elements in this book--some twists I saw coming from quite early on, some right about where I was supposed to, moments before--but I was surprised nonetheless by what the revelations meant to the characters and how they were rendered, and that's honestly more important to me. I love stories that make me question point-of-view, and this is one where you both question other characters alongside Addie and are gobsmacked by how others see her.
I'm also a language fiend, and Abbott's language is so sharp and smart throughout, I felt like I was going to cut myself on it. She's no-holds-barred when it comes to girl culture; it's not always comfortable, but it's never pandering, thank god. I would love to read poetry by this author.