This book is written with great humour and has a very clearly defined tone of voice. As the main character weaves her way through the dissapointments of poverty, educational failure and indifference from various social workers things seem to be fairly bleak.
But what keeps you reading and what keeps the story going is an incredible sense of spirit. Even though there are loads of things going wrong for them the immigrants are determined to survive. They support each other and make it possible for a network of care to plug the gaps left by the French authorities.
It might not always work but the majority of the time Doria is looking upwards rather than down into despair. In that sense it is inspirational.