Although these stories were at time confusing, I kept feeling like I needed to read them again. Each time I finished a story, I felt like the characters needed to be heard over and over, that if I closed the book, their individual fears would take over them. It is rare that books can convince you of a fictional character's reality. I read this book for a summer reading project going into 12th grade and wondered after finishing it 'why did they wait so long to assign this? Why didn't I read it on my own?' Awesome book, definitely a must-read.