This book is unlike any other that I have encountered thus far. It is a dinamic story of a firey young southern girl forced to come to grips with the realities of the war-torn south. Once you start reading you will not be able to put this book down. The details that Mitchell includes are breathtaking and make you feel as if you are back in the days of the old south. The character of Scarlett O'Hara is inspiring. This book is many stories in one; it is a coming-of-age piece, a love story, a war story, and a historical novel. All of these genres come together to create a captivating work of art.