I really enjoyed this story. I really felt for her and what she went through. I wish that someone was a bit more nurturing to her as a young girl and explain what was happening and why, but I guess that's just how the culture is or was. I just kept wishing I could give her a hug and explain why.
The writing style was very easy to fall into. I felt like I was eavesdropping on Chiyo's entire life. In the beginning, I felt so sorry for her, but then I adjusted once she was in the okiya, just wishing she would "get it" and just try to concentrate on her future as a geisha.
I would highly recommend this book.