Moving on to the real problems with Sherl's novel: the abundance of tired tropes and problematic characterization of just about everything. Despite being set in Baltimore, every single important character is white, with the exception of Mr. Gupta, the manager at the unnamed library (probably the Enoch Pratt Free Library) who is a caricature of an Indian person. The only possibly black characters are merely mentioned briefly by name—Keisha, Cherelle, and Fadra, which I suppose is how we're supposed to tell their ethnicity. The only lines these women get (if any) are to tell Evelyn how grateful they are that she works at the library, because, as Keisha says, "If it weren't for you, I'd be doing meth in an IHOP bathroom." Evelyn really lets her white savior flag fly in a conversation with her friend Dot, when talking about her volunteer work: "I want to tell her that if not for me, a lot of the children of Baltimore"—aka the black kids—"would be doing meth in dark basements, but that's not completely verified."