Ever get a critique back (in this case, a partial critique) that makes your eyes bobble out? Not in a bad way. In a good way. My little sister (Psst...update your tumblr, Sara), her roommate, and her roommate's sister have read/are reading my second draft. And they have caught so much. So. Much. I won't get into the plot details, but I feel like they just get my story and my characters. They also caught what isn't working and, more importantly, why it doesn't seem to be working.
The feedback that left me squeeing in my chair? My sister's roommate's sister Erika of the Awesome who is right at my target reader age said that the book sucked her in and that she read the first half in one sitting. Squee!
But my favorite part of the critique? At the end, they each gave me a detailed physical description of how they pictured the characters, including actors they'd choose to play them. How fun is that?