The girl in this book is just trying to find her own place in this world. She don't know where she stands. She is a lower class American girl. Whose mother is single working mother.One of her brothers is in jail. While the other is a punk. While her mother works, she watches her niece. She has a wealthy friend who uses her to get on her parents nerves. She is trying to work her way out of a poor community and into a life she could be proud of. She has a secret that makes her feel ugly. In the end it will either remain a secret. Or she will use it to protect the ones she loves the most. This book teaches you that sometimes the most painful secrets have to be revealed to protect others.