Not often do I read stories where I feel sympathy for bullies. This book is one of exceptions. When the story first started I disliked Cameron, the H & former bully of Alex. However as time progressed I felt sorry for him and liked him more. Alex, a 15 year old boy and brother to the heroine Dee Dee, killed himself in part of what Cameron and his friends at the time put him through for being gay. As details emerged as the story progressed, it appeared to me that there were 3 victims. Alex for obvious reasons, his sister Dee Dee for the emotional anguish that resulted from her brother committing suicide and her subsequent withdrawing from life and Cameron of what occurred in his past, prior to the bullying. Nothing could excuse Cameron's actions towards Alex but I understood why he did what he did not only because of his past but because of peer pressure. While some may believe that Cameron deserved more punishment than he received and I can understand that point of view, I do not agree with it. He was punishing himself as were the towns people and his parents, more than serving time in prison could. One of the few positive things that came out of the tragedy was that Cameron became a better person. He ended up helping Dee Dee recover from her lost and forgive. Based on his actions Cameron's mental stability was questionable. I would have liked an epilogue at least 5 years in the future showing that he was doing well as well as Dee Dee.
The book was riveting. It kept my interest and I read it one sitting. Unlike some other reviewers I did not have a problem with the romance and the sex scenes, which in my opinion, were less explicit than I am used to reading. I agree though that this is a NA book as opposed to a YA book due those scenes. When reading fiction, I only read romance books and so if it did not include a romance, I would have skipped it. If I had skipped it, then I would have missed out on reading a good story.