I read this book (in less than an hour) after a staff member questioned whether or not it was appropriate for our high school library. The subject matter is disturbing: a teen girl with poor self-esteem, and a dysfunctional home life, is charmed by the high-school dropout boy of her dreams into a life of drug abuse and prostitution.
Here are the reasons I'll keep it on my shelf. The book is an easy read, which may make it appealing to the very population that might be exposed to this type of life. And despite the subject matter, the language is fairly tame, with no real graphic descriptions of the events that take place.
The story does an effective job of showing the ugliness of a life of drugs and prostitution. This book may have a limited appeal in most high school libraries, but it might help some young people to think twice about lifestyle choices.