Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn - ADVISABLE

Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn, narrated by Caitlin Davies
. Harper Teen, 2020. 

 Language:PG (15 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G 



Jacaranda is a high school junior, a foster kid, and her mother is in prison. When a video of her singing goes viral, however, she receives a scholarship to a very prestigious performing arts boarding school. At school, as she tells her benefactor through letters, she finds joy in music, enemies in the school’s mean girls, and a handsome boy. 

Showing my age, I recognize this as a modern reworking of Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. Flinn does so well with reworking the original , like 2018’s A Star is Born – an homage, not a copy – all the important themes and motifs retained, but a flair that makes it stand on its own. A worthy addition to any library with a busy romance-loving clientele. The audiobook was provided by The King’s English Bookshop through 

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

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