This, rather wonderfully, does not make for a depressing book, although the depiction of racial hatred is often very uncomfortable to read about. Indeed, the book is full of hope, and of the belief that people can change the world, even if it’s a very little bit at a time.
It’s for the more mature reader. For a start, there are the issues that it deals with, along with the associated language. There is also violence and abuse of innocent young people. It’s a book that makes the reader angry and motivated to challenge abuses where they are seen, but it is hard hitting.