No book has ever made me more angry for the same reason as this. I was outraged, OUTRAGED, I tell you, that something like what happened to Victoria was ever practiced, and that it's still practiced, and that ANYONE, ANYWHERE ever thought it was a good idea at all. I'm still angry just thinking about it. That being said, this book solidifies in my mind Rita Williams-Garcia's writing talent (and thankfully, it angered me in a much less "negative" way than her other book "Jumped" did). The writing is excellent, the characters memorable, and the message painfully clear without being overbearing. Still, it's extremely rough reading, even for me. I fear that if it had gone on longer than 131 pages, I may not have been able to stomach it.