This book is quite different than what I usually read, but it was a dramatic and good read. There were times my heart broke for the main character, Toni, but I was unable to connect with her as much as I would have liked. Overall the writing was very good, but there were many sections of the story that were told rather than shown which sort of distanced me a bit from the story and I think it is also part of what made it difficult for me to really get to know Toni the way I would have liked to.
The faith story was inspiring and very well done!
This is not a light read, but I would recommend it to older teens and adults who enjoy books that are filled with depth and gritty realistic storylines. I think this would be a great book for teens and parents to read together and discuss.
A note about the content: this book contains a couple of sex scenes (none of which were graphic and overly detailed but the first one especially was a bit more steamy than I personally want to see) there was also a rape scene, again not overly detailed but a bit more so than I wanted to see; also several mentions of a character being gay; a couple instances of underage drinking; and several mentions of immoral lifestyles. I'm sorry to say that the content did lower my rating of this book. (2.5 stars)