I found this book to be extremely heavy handed. The hispanics portrayed in this story were welcoming, good people as a whole, giving, and caring. The black father is portrayed as weak, (afraid to stand-up to his wife for the sake of his son), the white mother is too into her self, white step dad finds his stepson to be a costly bother and whites literally get away with murder. The Jewish old lady suffers from her past but a half-black teen brings her back to life. This story was way over the top with racial characterizations.