I gave books to the kiddos in our middle school carpool, and one of the girls really likes poignant/sad stories...so I thought this book would be perfect. Here's the story she told me this morning (I gave her the book on Weds):
She was reading the book after her science final and noticed that the boy sitting next to her kept scooting closer. She didn't like people reading over her shoulder, so she shifted away, and he said, "Hey, I want to read!"
"This is a love story. You want to read this?" she asked. She thought he was teasing her.
"Well, I know it's fake and all, but --"
"Then you don't need to read over my shoulder," she said, turning her back on him.
But he just scooted closer and said, "Aw, come on. I want to see what happens next."
She thought he was still kidding, but she humored him...only to realize he truly was reading it. Because he read slower than she did, she had to pause at the bottom of each page and wait for him to signal he was ready for the next page. When class was over, he was bummed that he wouldn't get to finish the book...so the kids told me I should get him the book too.
(Btw, he's a jock and one of the 'cool' kids...he was on my son's bball team last year and plays football, as well.)
(Oh, and K, the girl who got the book, told me she *loves* it and can't stop reading it every chance she gets!)