From the beginning, I thought this would be a good book. However, there are thousands of books out there with a similar vibe. What makes this one different? The way it plays out at the end. This isn't a "church going girl realizes God will punish these people for their actions" type book, which, I first glance, I assumed it would be.
Emily struggles with mental health issues, something books of this nature often ignore. The book ends on a somewhat happy note, but that doesn't mean the characters converted into law-abiding citizens just like that. The subtle role that racial issues play out is a side-plot that is realistic and rather saddening. The book is, in the end, a story of family, and therefore a story about love. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who seems even remotely interested. Trust me - it is so much better than you expect.