The book started at a slow pace and was a little boring at first, but it started gaining momentum at about page 100 or so. The story also taught that there are always two sides to one story. In it, a teenager named Richard sets another teenagers' skirt on fire. But rather than portraying Richard as a criminal and a horrible person, the author gives light to how much remorse he had for the crime and how he used to be a troubled student and was cleaning up his act. The book is based on a true story.