This book is about as intense as it gets. Johanna becomes intoxicated by Reeve, who has had a traumatic childhood. They enter into relationship when Johanna tutors Reeves autistic brother, Robbie. Reeves childhood trauma manifests itself in abusive behaviour from Reeve and Johanna takes it in the name of 'love'. The author aimed to paint Reeve as the abuser and Johanna as the victim/survivor, but it's important to recognise that Johanna's borderline obsession with Reeve is not healthy either. Despite their behaviour, you genuinely want what is best for the characters and you will most definitely cry. Not for the faint hearted, or anyone younger than 9th or 10th grade - even if they are mature. As someone who has been reading books well above my age level since I was a child (I'm in 12th grade now), even I would say that it would have been too intense for me until I was midway through high school.