I can't really explain what this book has made me feel. It felt more personal to me than anything that I have read in a long time. It almost felt as if this story was written for me. At the end of the story it asks for thoughts to be emailed and for the first time ever I am truly considering writing a response that has nothing more to do with me than perhaps a thank you. I sat and waited for something bad to happen and it did about 69% of the way through. The bad thing, of course I already had predicted. But, there is nothing better to me than an emotional story and this one had that for sure. I may decide to share my response to the author but I really feel that if I did it might wreck it for someone else. You should read this. It was devastatingly beautiful. I have been having a hard time coming up with a good rating for this book, because on the one hand it was beautiful and on the other some times it seemed drawn out and I already knew the outcome before it truly began but in all honesty this is something that I needed to read and I don't want to say it changed my life because that is too cliche and also untrue but it definitely had a significant meaning to things that I have gone through in the past and the person that I am today even though they aren't related. So I will stick with a 5 star rating, and insist that others read this book. But be prepared to cry because it will happen.