What a mixed bag this book is. On the positive side the writing is definitely above average, the plot moves along well, and the author captures the difficulties of the teenage years perfectly. On the other side of the coin I had difficulty feeling much compassion for the protagonist, the ending although unexpected was too much out of the blue, and there wasn't enough resolution.If you are the kind of person who hates loose ends, I guarantee you will not like the last chapter. Is Jacob guilty or not? Ultimately that question and others are left unanswered.I'm not a big fan of judicial procedure novels but although there are certain flaws it's still an entertaining read but not up there in the stratospheric 5 star level.