Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2
Genre: YA Fiction
What did you like about the book? Dani Falls sees bear. Mother dies. Dani moves to New Mexico. Dani is depressed. Dani meets guy. Dani falls in love and learns to forgive.
This book tries to touch on too many subjects: death, loss, grief, friendship, family, the past, love, culture, immigration, borders… But ultimately, none of these rings true.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The freak-attack that starts off the novel is hardly believable, but it’s plausible the bear symbolizes something or someone even more terrifying. The writing is also pretty mediocre and story goes flat once Dani moves to New Mexico.
To whom would you recommend this book? Teens who are in abusive home environments will relate to Dani’s feelings.
Who should buy this book? I don’t recommend this as a purchase. Instead, I’d recommend Nancy Werlin’s Rules of Survival or Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott.
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Kasia Piasecka, Falmouth Public Library, Falmouth, MA
Date of review: 3/9/17