I would rate this book 5 stars; it is now one of my favorite books. I found it was easy to follow the plot, and the story was captivating. The story is told by following Alex around, and the reader gets to know her thoughts. I loved how well I got to learn the different characters' personalities. It was hard to put the book down because I wanted to know what would happen next to Alex. Though there were no pictures in Akarnae, the descriptive language made it very easy for me the see what was going on in my mind. Akarnae is a funny book (it made me laugh out loud once) but not as funny as some of the other books I've read. Akarnae is now one of my top five favorite books!