In the beginning of this book, I wasn't for sure if I was going to like it. The story is told in three parts, switching from journal entries to first person to third and then back. It took me a bit to get into the story, but once I did, I realized that Theresa's story could not be told any other way.
Theresa's guilt is very strong. You can identify with it and feel it. And me, being the person that gets sucked into characters - I just wanted to give the girl a hug. My favorite part was the Part Two of the book, where it switches to third person giving the story the outsider looking into what is going on with her "new" life. This is what really grabbed me into the book and made me want to continue to read.
The main thing you can take from this that we have to be careful with what we do or say. Because sometimes without meaning it, our actions will speak louder than words and hurt those around us. There is no doubt that Catherine Ryan Hyde is truly a talented writer and has a way with words. This being the first book (I've been running into a lot of first times with authors lately), I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.