The Resolutions

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      The Resolutions. By Mia Garcia. Nov. 2018.416p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062656827). Gr. 9-12. On New Year's Eve, four friends make a pact. It's Jess' [...]
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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.

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 (Even if the Sky Falls) confidently unspools the unique circumstances of her protagonist's lives. Particularly well developed is Ryan, whose heartbreak over the loss of his first love, Jason, is palpable. But Nora becomes this story's most engaging anchor as the story follows her unending labors at her family's Puerto Rican restaurant and her rich internal life—her yearnings to open a pastry shop and desire for an out-of-the-closet relationship with her girlfriend, Beth. This slow-moving story explores heartbreak, family commitments, dreams, friendship, and other familiar adolescent challenges with authentic sensitivity. Ages 13–up. Agent: Kerry Sparks, Levine Greenberg Rostan. (Nov.)

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