There's a lot of anger and teen angst packed into this book, and it is very compelling. I didn't necessarily identify with Bullet, the main character, but I was fascinated by him. I continue to be intrigued by this Tillerman cycle. I like discovering the older generation's issues just as much as reading the younger generation's troubles, and to me it was interesting how the past influenced the present that exists in Dicey's Song
. I wanted those glimpses of the grandparents at home, making their mistakes and digging their own graves. And there is an interesting glimpse into forced desegregation here, though modern readers will have a hard time understanding why Bullet doesn't do more to make a stand when he has a chance to influence race relations at school and in his community. Overall, this one's not as amazing as the first three in the series, but it's no slouch.