I will start off by saying that I am not one to read either realistic or urban fiction which this book definitely is. So when this was a required reading for my YA Materials Class (yes, library school does rock!) I was slightly tempted to just read a summary of it. However, after finally picking the book up I just kept reading and finished it in one sitting. It's a short book that will definitely leave you feeling emotional. It has won two awards for a reason!