I gave this story five stars. I did not do this because I thought it was the best book ever written.It wasn't the best one I've read either.But you see...I fell in love with the story. I fell in love with the characters because I can relate to them in some ways. I was able to compare their lives and their struggles to mine and to those of the people I've read about before.They were REAL. And so I loved this book and everything in it. I think Julia Hoban did a good job when she wove this story into being.