|Running through sprinklers|
Author: Kim, Michelle
Sara and Nadine have been like two halves of the same person, but when Nadine skips a grade and begins high school first, Sara must discover who she is without Nadine.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 199815
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/04/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 Gr 5–8—Sara and Nadine have been inseparable since the age of one, when they both moved to a cul-de-sac in the brand-new suburb of Surrey, Canada. Now 12 and about to start seventh grade, Sara's idyllic childhood is shattered when Nadine skips ahead to high school and leaves Sara to complete her final year of primary school alone. Sara spirals into depression, jealousy, and anger as she struggles to regain her lost friendship and discover who she is without the person who defined her the most. Written in limited first-person point of view, the book reads more like a progression of impressionistic and emotionally charged vignettes than a traditional linear novel. The stream-of-consciousness flashbacks to Sara's early childhood that pepper the narrative lend an oddly dreamy, nostalgic tone to the work. Due to this style, the pacing is inconsistent and the plot is underdeveloped. The novel relies heavily on Sara's angst for her lost friend and her ensuing interactions with Jen, Nadine's little sister. Other subplots are brought up quickly and resolved too conveniently or dismissed with a life-goes-on resolution. Many of these threads, including the disappearance of a neighborhood boy and sexual harassment and stalking by a classmate, are disturbing and need more attention than they are given. A highlight of the novel, however, is Sara's strong relationship to her family and her Korean heritage. The book may find an audience in mature middle grade readers who enjoy emotionally driven, slice-of-life fare. VERDICT Purchase where nostalgic, realistic reads are popular with students.—Bridgid Gallagher-Sauter, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2018 In this appealing Canadian debut set during the Gulf War, Sara, almost 12, is devastated when her best friend, Nadine, waits until school starts to tell her she’s skipping a grade, leaving Sara behind. Sara schemes to maintain their friendship, enlisting Nadine’s help in a search for Sara’s brother’s missing baseball teammate. But Nadine increasingly ignores her, and Sara stops studying and starts hanging out with a girl she used to dislike. Nadine’s sister, Jen, also rejects Sara for not pulling her weight in the science project they’re doing together. Stung, Sara lashes out at everyone and rashly runs away. Both Sara and Nadine are biracial—Sara’s half Korean, and Nadine’s half Japanese. The novel is full of familiar middle-grade experiences, like school dances, secret crushes, and amusingly awkward advice by Sara’s Korean mom. The plot can be predictable at times, but Sara’s feelings of betrayal and confusion ring true. She learns a valuable lesson that, though friendships evolve and change is inevitable, she’s resilient and unbreakable. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.