Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5+
Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? Aza, a junior in high school, has an anxiety disorder that causes her to make a gouge in her finger that she keeps reopening as it heals. Her father, whom she loved, is dead but she has a very good, caring mother. One of her best friends is her car Harold, which was her father’s. The other best friend is Daisy, who writes Star Wars fan fiction. When Daisy learns that a reward of $100,000 is being offered for information concerning the whereabouts of a missing billionaire, the father of someone Aza has known, she is determined to win the reward. Thus begins a relationship between Davis, the son, and Aza. Aza’s disorders include a major fear of germs invading her body or is it her body? She does not know if she really exists. This complicates romance, to say the least. There is so much going on here. Aza’s plight is very painful to witness but her relationships with her mother, Daisy, her therapist and Davis make for a compelling, riveting read.
Anything you did not like about this book? Well, this is strange perhaps, but I had a difficult time imagining Aza as a girl. The character just really felt male to me.
To whom would you recommend this book?
Who should buy this book? All public and high school libraries, upper middle school, as well.
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? YES!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 11/16/2017