Im teaching Castillo in one of my classes. Shes coming to campus to speak, and shell also come to my class to speak to my students. We also read a collection of her poems (I Ask the Impossible) and a story collection (Loverboys). She fills all of her work with strong, quirky, flawed characters. She explores sexuality, identity, relationships in surprisingly fun, funny and heart-wrenching ways.If youd like to know what life on the border is like for many people, read this book. The only flaw, and its such a problem that I almost gave this book 3 stars instead of 4, is the ending. Its rushed. The climax is summarized instead of experienced. However, upon reflection, I thought so many other aspects of the book are so excellent that I bumped it up to a 4.