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Great potential but falls short
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2018
This book had the potential to be amazing like all of Rania Telgemeier's other books but it fell a little short. The story starts of very good and is very unique and captavating with a family moving from the Socal suburbs to a small seaside town called Bahia de la luna for their youngest daughter who has cf. Unfortunately thats when it starts to go downhill. While the main character Cat is very easy to empathize with, it feels like the storyline is very artificial. The book takes place over a span of 3 months, but unlike Telgemeier's other books this one falls way short. The book ends very abruptly and there is absolutely no resolution of any of the major themes in the story. I feel that if the book doubled its length and explored more themes about Maya's illness and what happens as her condition gets worse, it would undoubtedly make the story a lot better. Also, I wish there was more exploration about Cat's thoughts about moving and whether she grew to adjust to the different culture of the town. The concept of this book is very novel and the story that is there is amazing, but I feel like there was so much missed potential because the author made the book to short. Hopefully, there will be a sequel!