I first read this book 10+ years ago, but I'm setting it to today, because I just reread it this morning. On the back of my copy of this book is a quote from the Publisher's Weekly review, and it says "The reader misses Katie the instant the book ends." And that is truth. Berg's ability is to make you feel what this 13 year old girl is feeling - how she's conflicted about her new friendships; how she's aware that falling in love with the 23 year old gas station attendant isn't her smartest move, but doesn't really care and does it anyways; how she misses her mother and is a little bit afraid of her father, and understands her sister better than her sister does. It's just a book full of heart, and the fact that I haven't said so before now needed to be fixed.