This easy read is a compelling crowd pleaser with depth. It is rich with discussion material about racism, sexism, friendship, hope, and doing the right thing (even when it makes you unpopular). A main character stands up for equality, even though she is then alienated by most of her friends and family. The women of color show admirable courage and perseverance, as they tell their story even though it puts them in danger. Nothing too extreme that would make the book inappropriate for teens: a woman has a miscarriage and it is described, a mother slaps her child, and a main character "makes out" with her boyfriend. A happy ending ties up this story nicely.