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This is one of my favorite books from one of my favorite authors of all time because she really grappled with the perspective of the white supremacists and how they change. If you read the author’s note at the end, you know that she worked really hard to get into these opposing viewpoints heads and through the events of the plot, to show them trying to understand one another, and how they changed one another, even though they were never going to like the other. As a teacher, I often have to do the same thing, to try to understand the perspective of someone who – on the surface – I don’t understand or like very much and see their humanity. I think this is what Picoult tried to do and did a splendid job of doing. Not many authors could do these two diametrically opposed perspectives and pull it off. This is one book that I believe is being challenged in some districts in FL – and it’s one I will fight to keep on classroom shelves.