Another beautiful book from Elizabeth Acevedo. The way I could tell I was loving it is that I read for 30 minutes and then realized I hadn't checked the percentage counter on my Kindle in all that time! That is unheard of for me since I am competitive with myself and always feeling like I'm behind on my To Do list. So, things I love:
- Emoni is so in love with her daughter and although there are a few others who try to make her feel ashamed of being a teenage mom, she knows who she is and holds her head high. The book is not about being a statistic other than that her dedication to being a good mom drives some of her other choices and decisions.
- I was unsure of Malachi when he was first introduced but he ends up being a good guy. The progression of their relationship is slow and drama-free which is such a difference from the formulaic "Just when we were about to get close a huge misunderstanding made me sure he didn't really like me at all" thing in every other book and movie and TV show.
- 'Buela is great and I am so happy that she - spoiler alert! - doesn't die or have some other major health issue. That would've been the easy choice to make for Acevedo but again, she goes for real life.
- Acevedo's writing is just lovely and makes me happy to read!