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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. www.jdspero.com
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)