June 19, 2018

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How We Roll by Natasha Friend | SLJ Review

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redstarFRIEND, Natasha. How We Roll. 272p. Farrar. Jun. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374305666.

Gr 7 Up –Most girls have to select which outfit to wear on their first day of high school. Quinn McAvoy, who has the autoimmune disorder alopecia, must decide which wig to choose. Should she be the red-headed Guinevere or the bolder, dark-haired Sasha? While Quinn’s family moved to Gulls Head, MA, for a better education for her brother Julius, who is on the autism spectrum, it is also a much-needed new start for Quinn. Over the course of the past year, she lost all of her hair and then all of the people she thought to be friends. Now her alopecia can be her own little secret. However, when Quinn meets Nick, a boy with a difficult past, she wonders how long she can keep it hidden and whether she should be doing so at all. Friend has crafted a heartwarming story that tackles some heavy issues. It will appeal to teens who enjoyed The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen, Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, or The Fault in Our Stars by John Green VERDICT A strong choice for all YA shelves.–Ellen Fitzgerald, Naperville Public Library, IL

This review was published in the School Library Journal June 2018 issue.

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