This book took less time to read than a novel-in-verse would, yet it has a similar sort of poetic style (sort of), which I would expect from a book written by an accomplished adult author. (The same was true for McGhee's YA book "All Rivers Flow to the Sea," but I found that book less engaging.) You can see clearly in only 128 pages why Eddie and Sally were best friends and get a clear understanding of their every emotion. It is a sad book, but not a remarkably devastating one. It probably isn't a remarkable book by most people's standards of whatever constitutes one, aside from the way it is written which is rather beautiful, but don't hold that against it. It's still a pretty good and moving tale of friendship, fear, and hope. Pretty deep for a kid's book, too.