While I would be quick to react like many writers and immediately second-guess my writing, my characters, I've had plenty of readers (male and female) say they really were moved by Miran and her story. So, while this agent didn't connect, someone else has to. Again, it all goes back to their own individual preferences. Perhaps this agent wasn't into the heavy, dark journey Miran takes to rebuild her life. Gritty YA isn't for everybody.
Yes, I did have a minor freak out where I wanted to cry, wanted to curl up in a ball, throw my manuscript against the wall and give up. But, I reminded myself: I've only been at this for 3 weeks! I haven't earned a full-blown breakdown until I've been at this for a few months or a year. This is how the game goes. Rejection is common. Onward to the next, breath held, fingers crossed. I have 2 other fulls out with agents right now.
First though, I think I'll have a chocolate chip cookie. Or ten.