Hm, well that was hard! haha Soooo our winner is...
Elizabeth! Congrats! To answer your question, I chose this book for a variety of reasons. One is that I felt like it had a lot of layers to it. I think I could easily re-read it in a few years and see new things in it and be able to repeat that process for years. I liked the voice of the narrator -- it was simple and real, yet riddled with imagery. It's thoughtful and loving and honest. The father reminded me of Atticus Finch (aka Gregory Peck), and who doesn't love Atticus?! I wanted to speed through the ending, the tension was so thick, but I made myself read slowly and not skip ahead. I wanted to do it justice! Ultimately, it just made the strongest impact on me. I closed that book and breathed, "Wow." It was just great.
I hope I haven't built it up too much, now! ha! I hope you can enjoy it. Although I might hold is hostage, making it necessary for you to come visit in order to retrieve your winnings.
But that was fun, y'all (yeah, I said it). I would definitely want to repeat this next summer, if you can stick around that long. I promise to read the books faster next time. Thanks for the suggestions! Maybe we can do this again sometime.