A Show for Two

Inkyard. May 2022. 416p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781335424563.
Gr 9 Up–Mina’s senior year feels like the end of a prison sentence before she escapes New York City and her strict, unforgiving Bangladeshi Muslim parents for film school. Winning the Golden Ivy Film Competition is her ticket out, but she needs a celebrity cameo to seal the deal. Enter Emmitt Ramos, an up-and-coming indie movie star who happens to be undercover at Mina’s school. Emmitt, of Chinese and Spanish descent, and Mina get off to a catastrophically bad start, but when he needs a local to help him scout spots for a photography contest, he and Mina come to an agreement. Soon, their forced friendship blooms into more, and Mina and Emmitt both learn that running away is harder when you’ve found your true home. This book is a love letter to finding your passion without losing yourself and was inspired by the author’s own experience of Tom Holland attending her high school.
VERDICT Ideal for upper-YA readers who are thinking about the future, enjoy authentic representations of depression, and don’t mind a fair bit of cursing.

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