This was the first book to ever make me cry. I was a senior in high school, I think, and I think I was having a bad day and was already a little emotional, and I basically laid in my bed and read this book over the span of a few hours, and by the time I was done I was bawling. Seriously sobbing, not just a few tears. I had never cried over a book or a movie before, and could probably count on my fingers the number of times I have since. The movie is really really good, but there's something special about this book. It could just be something unique about my reaction to it at the time, but I dare anyone not to be touched by this book.