Hi Pamela, I agree with the above. But I have to say, I've read a fair bit of YA including having a go at one of my own, and although there was a lot of description, the story pulled me in straight away -- a good sign! Love the thread of the flowers/herbalism/botanist. And already this teen is an outcast and suppressing her emotions -- things which teens identify with. Most of that info and backstory could be included in one powerful introductory scene, perhaps, where Sol is seen wilting the flowers because of her emotions (again), and things such as description and dialogue could bring in details of the house, her mother, her feelings about her mother and pretty much anything else, all in the now and looking forward. Good luck.