I received this book free from the author in exchange for a review, so thanks to Tusa for making that possible. Overall though, I felt like this book wasn't quite right. The main character, Hailey, is a middle class white 16 year old from New Orleans, but that's not how it reads in the book. In the book I really felt like she was much younger, maybe 9 or so, and that she was a little too nonchalant about the drugs and sex and beatings going on around her for someone who supposedly grows up in middle class suburb. Or did she? That part is never really explained in detail, and there seems to be a lot of conflicting information.
The first page sucks you right in with beautiful imagery reminicent of She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb, but the rest of the book doesn't follow. It reads more like a short story than a full novel because of the lack of detail written in about the characters' thoughts and motives. The book flips back and forth from a great book to a mediocre book. Hailey herself seems a little bit more damaged than a 16 year old with no other problems other than two unemployed parents and an unfaithful father really should be. She seems totally willing to follow around Moses, who plays the evil man in the book, but doesn't really feature front and center as much as the book description would lead you to believe.
Although some have described this book as gritty and real, I felt like the plot was a little overdone, and forced. Although Tusa writes beautifully at times, the overall story was a little lacking and weak.
Overall, its a book that has its moments. 3 stars.