So many people told me this was a hard read so I decided to listen to it on CD. I was pleasantly surprised. This is a really good story and I found myself wanting to find out who makes it out west and who doesn't. This book paints a very good picture of life during the depression and how hard it was for people but yet how they kept faith. I recommend it not just as a school assignment but for anyone who is interested in 20th century history and seeing what it was like early in the 1900's.