Why are the best books written this year all sad? I mean, really! Mockingbird starts off with a school shooting where the main character, Caitlin’s, brother dies (well, it didn’t really happen during the book, more like right before), then continues to be sad all the way to the last chapter. But, previously, Out of My Mind made me cry! Autism Spectrum Disorders are a popular topic nowadays, not just in books but as something that adults talk about A LOT. Although Caitlin has Asperger’s Syndrome, that is not what makes this book so great. The fact that it is so sad and well written and the author has put lots of thought into it and Caitlin and all of the other characters seem real makes it great. Most adults would think that kids without disabilities wouldn’t like books with main characters like Catlin (Mockingbird) and Melody (Out of My Mind) and Jason (Anything But Typical) that have disabilities, but I recommend this book to all kids (probably age 12 and up, but some 8 or 10 year olds could read it too).