A well known book. It's important in that it allowed certain subjects such as violence and class difference to be dealt with honestly in YA fiction. The author was in high school when she wrote it. It's a very impressive work for a high school student, but it lacks depth. It carries all its meaning on its surface and the writer is as inexperienced as her characters. The characters are well done. It has something very Shajespearean about it. OK but not great.