All Together Now

Farrar. (Eagle Rock: Bk. 2). Aug. 2020. 192p. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9780374311629; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780374313654.
Gr 5-8–Middle schoolers Bina and Darcy have a strong connection through their friendship and their music. When Enzo volunteers to be the new drummer in their band, at first it seems like it will work out well for everyone. But their relationships start changing into something new and unexpected: Darcy and Enzo against Bina. Then Bina’s best friend Austin suddenly wants to become more than friends, and she’s not sure what to do. Her band is falling apart, and friendship is too complicated. But Bina’s messy life will provide plenty of inspiration for the new songs she plans to write. This sequel to Larson’s All Summer Long will appeal to those who haven’t read the earlier installment—though they’ll be eager to pick that volume up after finishing this one. Heartfelt and authentic, this book tenderly captures the ebb and flow of love and friendship. Larson’s artwork uses a limited palette of pinks and reds, skillfully conveying the characters’ emotions as they try to untangle their new relationships.
VERDICT For older kids and younger teens who love graphic novels and realistic fiction about music, friendship, and growing up.

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