Every childhood has its own stories. And we get one here that incorporates a couple of things. It may seem to go one way and then swerves and goes somewhere else with it. So I’d say it is not as predictable as other movies in the same genre. It also tells you from the start that this isn’t just a light fun affair.
So if you like a drama with really good child performers, this is one of the movies I’d recommend you to watch. Mistakes will be made and the consequences do grow out and mess up with other people. But it’s also yourself who may have trouble getting over certain things happening. Add to that a romantic “side-story” and you have a really powerful movie (flawed as it still may be)