Like shanaqui_1, I had heard of this for years (I would have been in high school when it came out) but I'd never read it. When I saw it come up on the screen, I thought I'd give it a try. The author created real kids -- I loved Jess and Leslie. And now I'm sitting here crying like a child myself because of the ending.
It was a quick read and I'm glad to have taken the time.