I gave this book a 4 star because I don't think a beginner can get it at all. I like to think of myself as a novice; even though, I crochet or knit something everyday.
I would had given it a 3 for average because it was like most books that I had come across meaning you have to read extremely careful to understand the instructions. But the clear photographed pictures deserved a 5.
I still would recommend it even to a beginner because eventually you would become a better crocheter. And besides I learn something new everyday. Buy the book. I believe it will be a great reference book as you improve or if you are just looking for another pattern.