Starla is girl from a small town and since it is 1963 pre -internet. She has only the knowledge and beliefs of those around her, though she does rebel at many of these. Ignorance brings about truth and a knowledge she would never have had if her grandmother had not been so mean and if her father had not lied about Starla's mom . She runs away and the world opens up to her in totally new ways, not all of them good as she is almost murdered twice. Starla sees the consequences of segregation on someone she actually knows and comes to love.
It is a coming of age story and a lesson in acceptance.
It is an good if somewhat predictable read.