Booklist Reviews 2018 October #2
On New Year's Eve, four friends make a pact. It's Jess' idea, but they all agree: instead of making New Year's resolutions for themselves, they will make them for one another. And as junior year ends and senior year begins, the close-knit group tries to do just that. Nora, who loves baking but is resigned to taking over her mother's restaurant, instead of going somewhere far away, agrees to choose her own adventure. Lee, who lost her mother to Huntington's disease but is too afraid to find out if she herself is a carrier, tries to decide if she's ready to take the test. Ryan, still hung up on the boy who broke his heart, reluctantly agrees to kiss someone wrong for him. And perfectionist Jess, who always has a plan, is encouraged to be spontaneous. The four teens, who all have varying, nuanced relationships with their Latinx backgrounds and with one another, form a cohesive, supportive group, while their voices remain distinct. A warm, comforting story of identity and self-discovery. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring
During their senior year in high school, a diverse group of four friends decides to create New Year's resolutions for one another. What follows is a year of life lessons on friendship and identity, told from each of the character's perspectives. Teens will relate to the well-developed characters and their (mostly predictable) struggles. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
PW Reviews 2018 October #1
Four best friends in Denver—Nora, Lee, Jess, and Ryan—write New Year's resolutions for each other, designed to make them "do the things always talk about but never do": open up to new experiences and take risks on their passions and talents. Achieving success, though, strains the bonds of their friendship, even as their resolutions push them in all the ways they were meant to, especially in relationships beyond those with each other. In third-person prose with chapters that alternate between following the high school juniors, García (