I think this would be particularly interesting for any teens who are familiar with Emily Dickinson's works or the town of Amherst and the Dickinson museum. This was a fun backdrop for the story of a modern day girl dealing with loss. The story tackles her mother's suicide, the disappearance of her best friend, and an innocent romance. Most of the tone is somber. The book has mature themes, but presented from the viewpoint of the main character, who is teetering between being a teen and an adult. The book touches on adult topics, but stays true to the interpretation of a mature teen aged girl. Historic references weave nicely into the modern world.