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Patty is totally relatable to kids (boys and girls) of any race. Though, I really think it's notable that this is a book with a female of color as the main character. I usually really have to search to HARD find such refreshing, entertaining and thought-provoking writing.
I love Jason Reynolds!
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There was very little track or running involved in this one. The story seemed to revolve around Patina's day to day activities in an almost - dare I say it? - tedious manner. She woke up, she had breakfast, she went to school, avoided all the snobby people at school, had to sit through her silly group of girls for the group project on Frida Kahlo, went to get her younger sister, then their aunt picked them up from school, dropped her off to track rehearsals, where she had minimal conversations, then was picked up again by her aunt where they sat through the car ride and had the exact same conversation they have every single day, then they got home where she goes to finish her homework, and asks her sister if she needed help with any assignments, then was called down for dinner, the same dinner they have every single evening, with their aunt running the conversation around the table, then off to bed.
Sundays were different. Sundays they go pick up their mom, who had her legs amputated due to the spread of Diabetes, and they go to church.
There were also a couple of changes to the routine when she had to go to a girl's house to work on the group project, and another time when she had to go to the hospital.
Otherwise, that's basically all there was to it. And that was disappointing.
I wanted to see more, read more, find out more. I wanted more interactions with Patina and the track kids. I wanted more Ghost, more Sunny, more Lou. More coach. I finished the book, but didn't feel like I knew Patina well yet. I was hoping I would, but I didn't.
So now, I'm sitting here wondering how to review it properly, and I can't. I just found out the next book will be about Sunny, and that's exciting. Sunny is a character we know, and we've seen, so it must be good! I hope.
I love Patty’s distinct voice in this story. She tells the story from her point of view. She is a very strong girl who grows a lot throughout the story.
Patty has a unique family situation. She lives with her aunt (who her and her sister call Momly) and her uncle. But their mom is still alive, though she is unable to take care of them. Her mom had to have both legs amputated due to complications from diabetes. I have never read a story with a character in that condition before, so I learned a lot from this story.
I liked the way that Patty explained things that happened with her mom. Whenever she mentioned medical terms, like diabetes, dialysis, or diagnosis, she noted that they all have the word “die” in them. It was a way for her to analyze what was going on. She was very perceptive and smart when dealing with these difficult situations.
I loved this book. The third book in the series, Sunny, is coming out next week, and I can’t wait to read it!