I love a book that starts off with a bang. Not necessarily in terms of action, but in emotional impact. This one grabbed me by the ear and yanked me right into it, and once it had my attention, it slowed down a bit to introduce and develop characters - and what amazing characters they were! - then put me on a sled and sent me screaming down the slopes.
Funny, though, as much as I liked Curtis, who is really the main character in this story, my favorites are Nilla, a little girl with sense and grit, and Ginger/Vesta/???, the evil mastermind who surprised me into almost feeling a little sympathy for her. Almost!
Audiobook via Audible. The performance by Marc Vietor is of the very good kind that disappears into the story, so that the reader even loses awareness of the performance and the medium.