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Piano was Sami’s life, but moving changed everything. Thanks to her coach and a mysterious sports drink, her volleyball skills blossom like magic. Sami suddenly finds herself riding high on the tide of superstardom . . . costing her everything she loves More

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About JD Spero

Johannah Davies Spero, author of the award-winning Catcher’s Keeper, draws on her experience as a high school teacher—this time with a social concern. A graduate of Lake George High School in update New York, she played against Whitehall (Skenesboro) in sports, although her first love was in the arts. She has also worked as an actress, a yoga instructor, web design entrepreneur, and freelance writer. She now lives in the Northeast with her family, and has a Nevus spilus on her left hand.

About the Series: Forte
Samantha McGovern begins to discover more than she ever thought possible when her mother moves them from New York City to a sleepy backwater town upstate. Her friends and her anticipated attendance at the "Fame" school left behind, Sami must start afresh in a new school that is deeply divided between the "artsy" types and the jocks.

In this award-winning series by JD Spero, Sami faces high school cliques, substance abuse, peer pressure, romance, and her own failings as she decides exactly who she is and what is important to her. That's plenty for a freshman in high school, but Sami has a pantheon of Greek gods looking over her shoulder, expecting far more of her than "merely" remaining true to herself.

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Review by: Kat Meller on Aug. 12, 2016 :
I really enjoyed this book.
It dealt with a deep issue, peer pressure, in a way that allows YA readers to see it for what it is and how easily you can get "sucked in" but to also realize that they don't need to succumb to it.

I loved the modern day twist on the West Side Story play.
But also the underlying theme that you can be whatever you want to be without "extra" help if you put your heart, mind and soul into it.

We are all "different" with our natural abilities being what brings us together. It also highlights that in high school, we really don't need to decided our life's direction - we can try different things, be involved in different things - without giving up on things we love to do or groups we like to be involved in.

I believe this is a great book for all age groups - young YA readers as well as "older" YA readers like myself.

I did receive a free or discounted copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Regardless, I never recommend anything unless I feel it would be of benefit to my readers.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

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