I first read The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle when I was about twelve or thirteen. It was a perfect book for me at the time. Historical, adventurous, feminist. It will always be one of my favourites. Yes, as an adult, I can see the flaws. There's just no way the plot would happen. The characters are incredibly sanitized compare to what their historical counterparts really would have been. But does that really matter? It's a brilliant piece of wish-fulfillment for every girl who's ever wanted to break out of her metaphorical (or literal) corset.