I went into this book thinking that I wasn't going to like it because I had already been told by a friend how it ended. Well, I was wrong. This book teaches you a lesson you never forget. You start to feel fond toward the characters and want them to achieve their dreams, sadly they never do, but like I said earlier, it's all part of the bigger picture and learning the valuable lesson. The end of this book is very sad and heart-breaking. You understand that it had to be done, but it makes you want to cry all the same. Overall, this is a classic piece of literature that everyone should have on their "read" shelf.