FICTION

Mike

240p. Scholastic/David Fickling Bks. Feb. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338285369.
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RedReviewStarGr 8 Up—Fifteen-year-old Floyd's whole life revolves around tennis. Since he was a toddler, his father has been preparing him to be one of the youngest U.K. tennis champions ever, and to compete at Wimbledon at a record age. But when a mysterious guy named Mike starts showing up at his practices, Floyd begins to get more than a little annoyed—especially when he finds out no one else can see the young guy wandering onto the court. So begins Floyd's sessions with Dr. Pinner, who helps him realize just exactly who Mike might be, and why Floyd is the only one bothered by it. This is a enchanting coming-of-age tale, with a young man struggling to come to terms with his future and what he really wants out of life. Anyone who has tried to live up to their parents' desires and expectations will be able to connect with Floyd as he begins his journey of self-discovery. The tone and pacing of this book make it a great recommendation for reluctant readers, and the normalizing approach the author takes with Floyd's trips to the therapist will be a comfort to those that struggle with their own self-identity and counseling appointments.
VERDICT Recommended for all high school and young adult public library collections.

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