The first thing that came to mind when I finished reading this was "Southern Gothic" and a little bit of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee mixed in. The size and length of this book overwhelmed me at first and this is probably why it took me so long to pick up, but once I started it, I couldn't put it down. The writing is just absolutely lush. I can't think of a better word for it, but it fits. Right down to the discussion of weather, food and descriptions, everything about the book is lush. This is not just another teen drama, but a wonderful study on love and relationships. It did take me about 10 hours of reading to get through it, but it was well worth it. No worries for parents here either. There is some necking and slight violence but not even on par with Romeo and Juliet. And come to think of it, there are elements of that classic in here as well. I can't wait to start on the next one in this series.