When I was in high school I did a "thesis" on runaways. My teacher thought it was a lame idea and tried to talk me out of it. I was determined...and anyone who knows me basically knows that once I dig in my heels, you had best just give up.
What I learned is exactly what this book says. Most runaways aren't out there because they are belligerent, naughty, spoiled kids. They are trying to escape the awful things that are happening at home. Almost all prostitutes have been raped and abused...before they are ever a prostitute.
This story lost a star for it's unrealistic ending. Forget any formatting or editing issues. The story was powerful and an honest portrayal of something that happens everyday. But, the ending? Yeah...it doesn't usually end up like that.