This story goes from heartbreaking, to moving, to frustrating, to heart-warming. There seems to be a "coming of age" theme to it, even though the characters have a wide age range. The importance of family is definitely central to the story, as are love and hope.
I really enjoyed this book as I was reading it, but for some reason I didn't have a problem putting it down for long stretches. Has anyone else read this book and felt the same way? I can't put my finger on it.
For that reason, I'm giving the book a 3.5/5.