It's definitely not the breathtaking kind of book, incredibly written or with stunning narrative, but I enjoyed it anyway. It's got a little bit of everything: family drama, (de)segregation, friendship, romance, religion, beekeeping.
Highly recommended for girls half my age. I'm going to watch the film as well, since Dakota Fanning's acting in it, and Lily's character was absolutely charming.
later edit: you can skip the film :)