The Go-Between – Veronica Chambers

      The Go-Between – Veronica Chambers, Delacorte Press, (9781101930953), 2017

Format: hardcover fiction

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Genre:  realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? Cammi’s mom is a famous telenovela star in Mexico, but the family is ready for a change so her mom looks for opportunities elsewhere. Then she gets a part on a TV show in LA — as a Mexican maid turned entrepreneur. When they move to LA, Cammi attends a prestigious private school where she lets her classmates assume she is on a scholarship. Soon Cammi finds herself caught up in a lie about her identity that only gets more complicated as time goes on. Decent look at stereotypes, identity and racism.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I had a little trouble getting into the book. I also was distracted by various tangents that were left hanging or undeveloped plot points (Cammi’s mom’s anxiety, Cammi’s college boyfriend). Finally, I found it annoying and agitating how long Cammi let her friends believe that she was poor.

To whom would you recommend this book? Teens who like dramatic reads about friendships and identity.

Who should buy this book? most middle schools and high schools

Where would you shelve it ? Realistic fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: June 20, 2017

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