A painfully realistic portrayal of school integration in the south during the Civil Rights Movement. This book is told from alternating viewpoints of one of the first African American students to attend a white school, and a girl whose racist and abusive father is the town's main proponent of segregation. Both characters struggle with their sexuality and are trying to find their way in a scary and violent world. This book does NOT hold back! The subject material is difficult and truly heart-wrenching, but ultimately it is hopeful and shows that people are indeed capable of change.