I only ever read a short story by the author but it was enough to make me want to read more of her work and I was not disappointed. This a very well written YA contemporary-a complete package for its genre. It’s realistic despite the magical-realism element to it. It’s very relatable and engaging.
The plot is of great social significance. There’s enough romance to make it interesting. It’s a mix of funny and sad although it’s mostly sad. It depicts the harsh realities of black lives whether they were born in the US or migrated from Haiti. Every day is still a struggle. Life is about fighting for breath and freedom even though US is supposed to be a free country.
And the ending had poetic justice. I was really sad about the death of this one character although it did make sense. Fabiola had to make a sacrifice for her mom’s freedom. I shouldn’t have put this on hold for so long.