I had a hard time rating this book, because it really was
amazing, but that didn't mean that I really liked it.
Of course, the historical parallels make this a must-read for practically everyone. I remember being in school and bursting out in tears when the horses...yeah. I don't want to talk about that. Reading this with my son has been a totally different experience. He's a boy, and he definitely thinks of things differently.
I will say that regardless of how much I "liked" this book, I can't argue with the fact that it's one that has and will stay with me for a long, long time. It's so easy to forget that rules that were once absolute are now bendable. Ideals that made total sense can be changed. And the next generation won't even know the difference. For the sheer brilliance of this story, I have to give it five stars. Even though it made me cry.