Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly

 51bspoa0fhl Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 978054747821, c2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 4

Genre:  Realistic Contemporary Fiction

What did you like about the book? It’s good to read about characters that have plans to make their lives better. But, plans can go awry and for Amber and Crystal Robbins, twin sisters in high school, plans have taken a huge turn when one of them gets pregnant.

Life hasn’t been easy for the Robbins girls, it’s a been a struggle to get by, money is very tight and their parents aren’t much good at parenting. But Amber and Crystal agree to keep the baby, Natalie, and raise her together.

Crystal works at a gas station/restoration garage and wants to own it someday; she loves muscle cars, even drives a Mustang that she’s restored herself. Amber works at their aunt’s tavern and has dreams of running it herself in the future.

Then Crystal decides to apply to a special college for car restoration, thing is it’s located in Kansas, far from their home near Portland, Oregon, far from the plans the twins made.

Life starts to go haywire and secrets are revealed.

The twins have a falling out and, well, life happens.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No, not really.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of John Green will certainly enjoy this YA book.

Who should buy this book? High schools and Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Realistic YA Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Maybe halfway.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Maria Touet, Pope John XXIII High School, Everett, MA

Date of review: January 20, 2017

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