Ford brings tremendous vulnerabilty to her telling of her childhood as the daughter of an incarcerated father and her tense relationship with her mother. She captures the complexity of her humanity and relationships with precision, and yet I felt more like a friend being let into her world than a reader. A 2021 highlight!
In what may be her best work yet, Yoon has once again delivered an accessible yet poignant coming-of-age novel. As 18 year-old Evie reels from her parents' divorce, she loses faith in happy endings. But is fear of future emotional pain worth missing out on all of the joy in the present? This book is the perfect summer read for anyone who has loved and lost.