4.5 stars. wonderful book. great, important story, engaging narrator, well written. deals with issues of racism and classism, community and individuality. pretty impressive in scope, actually. really glad to have re-read this, since the last time i read it was junior high or high school. not 5 stars because (and i know i'm going to get crucified for this) it's well written and in parts fantastic, but overall just well written, not great."...but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.""They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it -- seems that only children weep."