Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
After African-American 16-year-old Tiffany's mother dies, she is sent to live with a father she's never met. Suddenly, she has a white stepmother, four new sisters, and a father, Anthony, so strict he's nearly abusive. Anthony challenges everything that helps Tiffany feel like herself-her hairstyle, her love of music, her atheism (he is a Jehovah's Witness and wants Tiffany to convert), her friends, and even her OCD and anxiety medication. Tiffany has no idea how to fit into her new situation; worse still, she encounters bigotry at every turn at her new L.A. private school. And in a further twist, Anthony might not be her father after all. Through Tiffany's experiences, debut author Davis takes an unflinching approach to racism, religion, emotional abuse, and mental illness. Tiffany's circumstances are nightmarish, but the narrative isn't weighed down, in large part because of her integrity, passion, and refusal to be self-pitying. Perhaps too generously, Davis humanizes Anthony, portraying him as flawed but not irredeemable. It's a brave narrative choice that speaks to the story's focus on how family, in all its forms, is an ever-evolving work in progress. Ages 14-up. Agent: Uwe Stender, TriadaUS Literary Agency. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by School Library Journal Review
Gr 8 Up-African American 16-year-old Tiffany Sly's mother has just passed away from cancer, and Tiffany's world is in upheaval. Her mother had arranged for her to move from Chicago to California to live with a father she has never met. While she is somewhat prepared for her wealthy father (though not how light his skin color is), she is not equipped for the white stepmother and the four new half sisters with whom she would now be living. Nor is she ready to be a part of a family that is devoutly religious (Jehovah's Witness) while she is an atheist. The scenario is complicated by the fact that a second possible father also appears on the scene wanting a blood test; one who, at least on the surface, seems more like Tiffany. As Tiffany struggles to fit into her new elite private school and to get along with her eldest half sister, London, she also develops a relationship with the family that lives next door-fellow "outsider" Marcus McKinney and his two moms. This title has a lot of moving parts, but all is resolved by story's end. Tiffany must deal with her grief, her anxiety diagnosis, her relationships, and her own identity in this new environment. What starts out as a standard fish-out-of--water story turns into a tearjerker by the novel's end. VERDICT A strong choice for most YA collections.-Kristin Lee Anderson, Jackson County Library Services, OR © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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