When I read the description I was thinking: This sounds like something I might actually like way more than I at first expect. Sometimes, I really enjoy these coming-of-age stories. With This Above All, however, I felt more conflicted.
Starting, I felt: No, this isn't for me after all. I didn't really like Piper, and it was not even all because of the obvious: her family's very conservative (idiotic) viewpoints. She was annoying beyond that. Also, there were some things I didn't think made a lot of sense, even if they progressed the story. Someone, who's secretly gay outing to - of all people - Piper just didn't make sense.
Also, all the clichés, and people getting mad and hurt and what you would expect in these kind of stories, it is all here. This is not to say that it was not an enjoyable read. It was, Piper also gets slightly less annoying by the end, although I do think she remains quite full of herself. She also sort of comes of age.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!