This book taught me a lot of things abbout the way people work. It taught me about how denial can be so strong that the lies become the truth. It taught me that no matter what you say or do, they all have consequences. I learned that it's not only the so-called 'bad people' who do these types of things, but the perfectly 'normal' and average people. That anyone can fall and that it's important to get back up again. It taught me that panic is fear and vice versa. It taught me that trust in oneself, once broken, is hard to fix if you don't believe you can do it. It told me that no matter how well you think you know someone, there's always something new. At first, I wanted to read this book. After having it at my house --untouched-- for almost two and a half weeks, I finally got around to reading it. And it broke my heart. I fell in love with the main character, Devon, immediately. She's my age and has a life I can empathize with, whether it be because I know what school is like in that way or because I have friends who've experienced homes and families like hers. She struck me as someone who was resolute and had so much to go for. I admired her bravery and her strength. At the end, though, was where I think she truly earned it. What she did was something most people would never even put as a far-off option. So completely.....selfless. She could've gone on as it was and taken the gift she'd been given. But she felt she didn't deserve it and her morals came even more into play. She's a truly amazing girl and I believe that Amy Efaw must be an absolutely splendid person to have caught both sides of this tragic story so eloquently.