I read this book my senior year of high school. It was on or reading list. I was lucky that most of the books on that list were great! But this one book after reading what it was about I couldn't wait to read. I'm glad I was made and wanted to. Its a great story of hardship and love, and people minding there damn business. I have fallin in the case of, its been almost 10 years since i last read it. but I'm sure I am due for a re read.