This was one of the most depressing books that I have ever read. It's extremely sad and the end didn't seem to bring any hope to the poor boy's future. Since it's also based on a true story, it made it even more upsetting. The ways that the mother treated her son and punished him was almost unhuman! I found myself holding back tears, and other times wanting to just punch the book because I was so mad about something that had happened. I think that the book would've been much better if there was just a little bit more spark at the end to hint to some hope.