As always with Simone Elkeles' books, I absolutely loved this one. The writing is amazing, and her characters have amazing depth. I mean, anyone who can get you to really like a couple of gangbangers has a real gift with words.
As with most of Simone's work, the writing is a bit on the gritty side, so if you have issues with explicit language, this might not be your ideal choice. It is also not something I would recommend to younger teens, as the subject matter is pretty mature.