GO READ THIS BOOK NOW!!! I couldn't even begin to describe how absolutely wonderful this book is. Melina Marchetta is unbelieveably talented. She writes her characters in a way that you feel competely bereft once you finish the book and realize that they aren't going to be a part of your world any longer. I miss them so much and I just (as in less than 5 mins. ago) closed the book. Perfection. A million stars!!One more beautiful tidbit:"I'm thinking that after last night you shouldn't have to spend your morning in a hospital finding out if my mother has tried to OD.""And I'm thinking that after last night I want to be anywhere you are and if that means being in a hospital asking about your mother, then so be it."