Tuesday, April 30, 2019

You Go First by Erin Estrada Kelly - ADVISABLE

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly, 288 pages. Greenwillow Books (Harper Collins), 2018. $17.

Language: G (0 swears 0 'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (bullying).



Charlotte and Ben play online scrabble with each other - they live in different parts of the country - Charlotte in Philadelphia and Ben in Louisiana; although their lives are different, they have more in common than they think. Parent problems - Ben's are getting a divorce and Charlotte's dad is in the hospital; and friend troubles - Charlotte's best friend Bridget had found a new friend group, Ben is tormented by bullies. But when their online game evolves into the occasional phone call, the realize they now have someone they can confide in - but will they? 

Alternating chapters with Charlotte and Ben telling their own stories, Erin Entrada Kelly has spun a story of desperation as well as resilience. Middle school students can certainly relate to these 2 gifted and talented children keeping their problems to themselves rather than confiding in a parent, dealing with their problems alone because they have no friends and working through their problems the best way they know how. An engaging read.

Lisa Librarian

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