Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Realistic contemporary fiction
What did you like about the book? Kevin, (aka Kiki – a nickname given by a friend) leaves home after his father has not only broken his arm, he has rented out their house for the summer without telling him. And this is after Kevin opts to live with him after his parents divorced. Kevin had hoped to build a relationship with his Dad. So on the bus to Crystal City –where his uncle lives – he meets Stacey who likewise has a cast on her arm. Kevin is ready to completely transform himself from the wimp he has been into a new improved person. He falls for Stacey immediately. The dialog here is the draw: it is funny and fresh, timely and unique. A great read!
Anything you didn’t like about it? Not a thing.
To whom would you recommend this book? Chris Lynch has a number of other books to read along with this one, but those who like gritty original fiction like Chris Crutcher should read this.
Who should buy this book? High school and public libraries
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: 12/12/2016