From the moment I picked up this book, to the moment I closed it for the final time (6 hours later), I was riveted. Never before have I come across a work of such open honesty. I laughed, I cried (many, many times), and I was left drained from both emotions. This book is touching and real, and sheds light into a world that so many of us know little to nothing about. It comes from a place deep inside the author, who I feel I now know on a level I'd have never expected. If you haven't read this book you're missing out on an incredible piece of life-affirming, achingly beautiful fiction. Read it, and it will touch something deep inside of you as it did me. You owe it to yourself to be entranced by The Directive.