The way the story flows is much like a concerto that she makes her daughters practice. The first part has a lighter, funnier, and (relatively) more easy-going tone -- the 'comedy' part, if you will. The second part has a slower, more somber tone due to the recounting of the heavy-handedness which she trains her children. In the last part, the tone picks up again, but with a greater, heavier urgency coupled with the franticness of the battle of wills between the author's younger daughter and herself. Love it or hate it, is the verdict after reading this book. OK, for some, there is the middle ground of skepticism as to whether such a rigid upbringing of a child has been (over) embellished.