7. There is a bit of an X-Men feel (movies/comics I love) with the protagonist, Caitlyn, struggling to hide her telepathic ability.
6. You really, really, really care about Caitlyn.
5. Real characters - from Caitlyn's best friend, Rachel, who faces her own dose of intolerance because she is gay, to the mean bee-atch who's hiding a lot of hurt, to the nice librarian (librarians are the best!) - all the characters felt very real and familiar.
4. Great writing.
3. Nice bit of romance that added to the story.
2. It made me want superpowers.
1. The main message that hatred and bigotry of any kind towards any person is wrong.
Thanks, Cheryl, for a great book!