All the time I was reading this book; I was thinking this is a horrible story - very sad. I put it down. Then I caught the evening news this past weekend regarding an uprising in Egypt. And, I thought maybe I will pick it back up and continue reading. It didn't get any less tragic, but I finished. Someone told me to be sure and read the discussion Q&A in the back...I did. And, it did help my understanding of what the author was trying to convey - which was mainly awareness. I gave it two stars because tragic stories just aren't for me, although if you like thought provoking, Jodi Piccoult sad type books then this may be for you.