The Mythic Koda Rose

S. & S. Jul. 2021. 336p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534466760.
Gr 9 Up–Koda Rose is a teen trying to find where she belongs and what brings her joy. Her father was a rock legend before he died, confident, creative, and impulsive—all the things that she feels she is not. When Koda and her mother move from L.A. to New York, Koda has a lot to deal with from her past and present all at once: leaving behind a best friend who she wished were more, starting over at a new school, and coming face to face with ghosts from her father’s past. The story of Koda Rose reads authentic and clear. Fans of realistic coming-of-age stories will relate to the everyday trials of life Koda faces. Koda is not afraid to question her sexuality, rules at home and at school, and media norms in general, and teens will connect to her mindset. Multiple layers and side plots will keep them engaged.
VERDICT A well-written coming-of-age story, this will suit readers who enjoy contemporary fiction with a hint of mystery.

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