This should be required reading for parents of teenage girls. The author really does a great job of showing the angst that is the teenage girl's life at 16. It's written honestly without being over-the-top like many other YA novels. It's also a window into the lives of a family dealing with depression and how it can affect each member of a family so profoundly. The author evokes emotion well and the cast of characters is fleshed out well. I really ached for this girl.Super read. Highly recommended.