This bookshelf is okay. Of course, it was only $25.00 for a 5 shelf bookcase so it is an awesome deal for what it is. I was in desperate need of a bookcase and a friend of mine happen to see this while we were shopping at Target. What you pay is what you get. I believe it is particle board with a laminate finish and the back is cardboard. It is not especially sturdy (I did not use the wall mount) since it is actually two sections put together so I made sure that I put the heavy books on the bottom and the knick knacks on the top shelf. The bookcase looks pretty nice for a cheap bookcase but when I get more established in my career I will probably retire this one to a basement or something. So, if you're looking for a cheap bookcase to simply house books and knick knacks, check out this one! Just don't expect a heirloom piece of furniture.