I'll Be There is a gripping read for teens that would be enjoyed by every level of reader. In fact, it is completely wholesome, which makes it a great book for older tween girls reading up, too. Riddle and Sam have a terrible home life with their father, who severely neglects them. The boys live in fear, knowing that their father is mentally ill and what he is capable of (murder, theft). The Bell family is the complete opposite, and extend their nurturing ways and support to these boys, changing their lives in the process. When the boys are left to die in the woods (at the hands of their father) and must use their instincts to survive, it is the Bells that they fight to make their way back to. Emily and Sam have an innocent but intense "love at first sight" thing going on and they share a few kisses. The relationships between Riddle and Sam and between Riddle and Debbie Bell (Emily's mother) are heartwarming. I'll Be There was written by a screen writer and as such, reads like a movie. It is fast-paced with lots of action, will make you want to cry, smile, shriek, and even laugh. It is a wonderful book about family, love, and the ties that bind.