This novel was dripping with so much cheese I had to run out and get some Ritz crackers. Very disappointing after all the great reviews about it. Even though the intention is a sad, yet inspirational story, everything seemed to just fall into place too perfectly in order for the plot to move along. And everything was way over explained, so that the reader feels like they're being condescended to. The stereotypes that incorporated the teen-aged characters in the novel were beyond ridiculous. I think it will work better as a Lifetime movie, which I'm sure it will be.