Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Memorable, original, and brilliantly written. There is much troubling/disturbing in this book, but Moracho is a stunning writer.
The picture she paints of adolescence is unnerving; Althea is a character who's hard to root for, and the Red Hook scenario is a bit unrealistic. Still: I read it in three busy school days and found the voice, pacing, and, especially, the writing outstanding.
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Weekend seeing Nate's play and my family; time change; warmer weather; Parent Conferences coming up on Thursday: I think I'll be happy to see Friday, 2:15 roll around!