Author: Cordelia Jensen | Published: March 27, 2018 by Philomel Books | Series: N/A | Length: 390 Pages| Genre: YA Contemporary | Source: I received this book from Philomel Books in exchange for an honest review.
Virtual twins Linc and Holly were once extremely close. But while artistic, creative Linc is her parents’ daughter biologically, it’s smart, popular Holly, adopted from Ghana as a baby, who exemplifies the family’s high-achieving model of academic success. Linc is desperate to pursue photography, to find a place of belonging, and for her family to accept her for who she is, despite her surgeon mother’s constant disapproval and her growing distance from Holly. So when she comes up with a plan to use her photography interests and skills to do better in school–via a project based on Seneca Village, a long-gone village in the space that now holds Central Park, where all inhabitants, regardless of race, lived together harmoniously–Linc is excited and determined to prove that her differences are assets, that she has what it takes to make her mother proud. But when a long-buried family secret comes to light, Linc must decide whether her mother’s love is worth obtaining. A novel in verse that challenges the way we think about family and belonging.
First off, I want to say a huge thank you to Philomel Books and Penguin Teen for the amazing opportunity to read this book. I was so ecstatic when I was asked to read and review this book! I had my eye on this book from the moment I had first heard of it. Now, after having read the book, I cannot say enough great things about it! With its lovely free verse this book reminds me a lot of the Ellen Hopkins books that I used to read way back in high school. The was so much emotion that was conveyed through the free verse that you might not have seen if this book was written in a normal format. I really connected with the character of Linc as most of my hobbies (reading, photography, horseback riding, etc.) are not shared by my parents and sometimes they just didn’t understand my want to know more and do more in those hobbies. Although my parents were a bit less harsh than hers and they actually let me pursue the things I loved. I did struggle a bit in school like Linc, but not as much as she did. All of the characters seem so realistic in this book! At first a few seemed “too good”, but you later see that under that facade they have flaws and wants just like everyone else. Another thing that I absolutely adored were all the photography elements in this book. Like Linc, I absolutely love photography and it was amazing to see how much photography was implemented into the text.
Overall, I adored this book! If you are a big fan of Ellen Hopkins, love photography, or love an emotional story about a girl trying to find her place in the world, then this is the book for you!
I gave this book 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads.