There are so many things to love about this book. First of all I found it really refreshing that this book centered around characters that were racially diverse and immersed in issues of poverty and violence. It's so rare to read about realistic inner city kids in teen fiction, as so many teen books are centered around privileged white kids. Additionally, the central issues this book deals with are homosexuality, depression, and suicide. This book is absolutely stuffed full of gritty realistic depictions of what life is like for so many kids in this nation.
As you can surmise from this synopsis this is not a happy read, despite what the cover and title might lead you to believe. It's heartbreaking, raw, and painful. But it's also so rewarding in its honesty and willingness not to look away. If you want to read a book populated with imperfect but completely real people struggling to come to terms with who they are, and who they want to be, then you owe it to yourself to give this book a try. Just make sure you keep a box of tissues on hand.