I had a lot of problems with this book. While I enjoyed the descriptions of sugarcane farming, I found the writing as a whole overly descriptive, too heavy on the synonyms, and weak characterization. It was hard for me to really root for Charley, Ms. Honey was a sweet grandmother one minute, and the next she would turn petty, downright mean and spiteful without warning or any real explanation. And Ralph Angel was just insufferable. He had no redeeming qualities whatsoever! He was selfish, entitled, coddled by Ms. Honey for some reason, couldn't get along with anyone, and couldn't do anything right. He made poor decision after poor decision but blamed everyone else for his problems. The author writes as if we're supposed to feel sorry for him, but I had zero sympathy. This was a frustrating read for me, and for once I actually feel the screen adaptation is a lot better than the book.