Though most of the novel in centered around a story of 6 teenagers, the topics that complicate their lives are far from being issues of Beckerman's imagination. Enlightening and horrorifying, the topics of sexual behavior, violence,suicide, drugs, and alcohol are not unfamiliar to teenagers. Beckerman does justice to the lives of his characters and does paints a realistic picture. His honesty is what makes this novel captivating and worth reading. The statistics alone that Beckerman reports, gives the reader an eye opener to the truth of the character's lives. A great read and a great book to have in a collection.