Much of the story focuses on the very close friendship between Hannah and Gabby. For some reason the author choose to make Gabby African American, but there isn't any further information to back this up. The subject of race never comes up, or what Gabby looks like. I really like the idea of two people of different races being the best of friends, but it didn't ring true. So now that I've said that, I will say that I began slowing up my reading because I was delaying the inevitable - getting to the end. I found the story quite compelling, and would definitely read more by this author.