I don't even know what to say about this book. It was written well, and dealt with a lot of tough situations realistically. That being said I found it extremely depressing right up till the very end. I also am not sure I really feel that the two MC's that end up together were really right for each other. That being said, this book was written beautifully. I feel in love with Derek though. Him as a little boy and as an adult. My heart broke with him every step of the way. His panic attacks and comments like he looked outside his window every night waiting for his love just crushed me. Nick was also a lost soul, but I think I never really grew attached to him for some reason. I liked him more more as a teenager than as an adult.Boone might be one of my favorite characters ever.