Very similar to book one and still compelling. There is even more tough stuff in this one and DJ really grows up to have to deal with it. However, by the end I was read to wrap up the story and I was a little upset to learn there was a third book. I think this series would have worked better as a duology, a third book feels a little like milking it. DJ does have a great voice, but it is so authentic that it can sometimes be almost tough to read. She sounds EXACTLY like a kid writing a book, complete with run on sentences and sometimes very unclear thoughts. I was ready for DJ to finish dealing with her stuff by the end of the book. Definitely a good read, but I'm all done with the trilogy now.