Book Reviews

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PUMPKIN

Pumpkin
by Julie Murphy

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High school is just the beginning.

Fans of Puddin’ (2018) and Dumplin’ (2015) can rejoice, as they’re off to visit Clover City, Texas, once again. In this installment, they’ll be introduced to Waylon “Pumpkin” Brewer, so nicknamed for his bright orange hair and freckles. Life can be difficult for a fat, flamboyant, gay teen, but it becomes even more difficult when Waylon’s mostly-not-serious video entry for a drag queen reality competition is accidentally shared widely on social media instead of being posted only for members of the school’s queer club to see. Before it’s taken down, it garners some support—and some attacks. Although senior Waylon has the support of his family, including his twin sister, Clem, and her girlfriend, Hannah, he has to deal with more homophobia at school when he’s nominated homecoming queen. Inspired by Hannah and her acceptance of the nomination for homecoming king, Waylon takes control of his story and decides to stay in the competition. The novel is full of inspiration, fabulousness, and romance, and readers will be enthralled as they race to learn what happens to Waylon and his friends. There is nuanced discussion to be had in the fitness subplot sparked by Waylon and his formerly heavy frenemy, Kyle, who is insensitive about sharing his weight-loss journey. Most main characters are White; Hannah is Afro-Dominican.

Enticing as homemade pumpkin pie. Bon appétit! (Fiction. 12-18)

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WE ARE INEVITABLE

We Are Inevitable
by Gayle Forman

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Nineteen-year-old Aaron Stein lives with his father, Ira, and works in their used bookstore.

When a shelf suddenly collapses, it triggers a domino effect: They can’t afford a replacement, and Aaron discovers they’re in dire financial straits and that his father’s been relying on credit cards to cover expenses. Aaron has been struggling since his older brother’s overdose death and his mother’s subsequent departure. His brother’s years of addiction and final hospitalization wiped the family out; transferring the bookstore’s ownership to Aaron was supposed to offer a clean slate. Aaron can’t bring himself to tell his father that he’s sold the shop to a local business owner. Then party bro Chad, an old friend of his brother’s who uses a wheelchair, shows up in their small town in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state and insists on helping build an accessibility ramp for the store. Soon more townspeople appear, eager to help renovate. Aaron tries to renege on the sale, but the buyer demands $13,000, delivered in two weeks. While he’s running out of time, he’s drawn to a charismatic girl, the perfect distraction. As the community brings the store back to life, Aaron flees until he realizes he can’t hide any longer. Aaron’s reckoning with grief is slow-burning and real, and the cycle of addiction is rendered with care and precision. Most characters are assumed White.

A love letter to bookstores and a deftly drawn portrait of the ripples of addiction. (Fiction. 14-18)

Review found here


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