That ending....wow. I feel perfectly set up!
This is a brilliant (see what I did there) and intricate look at friendship between two girls. This installment covers young girls through adolescence, ending up in mid-teen years if I remember correctly.
There are love interests, family dramas, neighborhood politics, and peer relationships but at the center of it all is Elena and Lila. And for all the relationships I may or may not be rooting for in this book, the only one I really have to care about is theirs-and I do.
Though I didn't grow up in violence or with the backdrop of this neighborhood, navigating girlhood and adolescence is a bit universal. Navigating female friendships is equally complicated often times-at once envious, proud, and always invested, the relationship at the heart of this book is highly relatable for all its positives and negative emotions. I can't wait to read on...