This was surprisingly good. Lizzie is very altruistic, but has realistic kid qualities like talking too much, being competitive, and having a hard time fessing up to a mistake. I liked the diversity of characters - her best friend's mom, Mrs. Santiago, is blind, and her best friend's uncle is a super nice guy with a bald head and tattoos. I wasn't a fan of one feature of this series, which is having the puppy's thoughts inserted in italics. It was distracting and didn't add much to the story.