Lulu and Milagro’s Search for Clarity

HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Feb. 2022. 400p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780063071780.
Gr 9 Up–The Zavala sisters have always been close, but ever since eldest sister Clara left Baltimore to attend college in Iowa, things have been different. Lulu is just as dedicated to school as Clara was, and has received an interview invitation to a summer program at Stanford. Milagro is focused on her boyfriend Pablo and trying not to get too many detentions. When Clara returns home during winter break, the sisters and their mom realize that something is different—Clara has changed, but she won’t talk to Lulu or Milagro about what is going on. As Lulu prepares to go on a weeklong trip visiting colleges, Milagro’s plans for intimacy with Pablo change as she discovers he’s not who she thought, and she suddenly finds herself on the bus with Lulu. Throughout the trip, the sisters struggle with finding out what they want to do in the future; Lulu wants Clara to patch things up with their mom so she can also have the opportunity to go away for college, while Milagro makes forgetting about Pablo her priority. As they go from college to college, the sisters discover that their future can be different from what they imagined, but that that’s not a bad thing. And as they get closer to the end of the trip, they find out important truths about themselves and about Clara.
VERDICT A funny, heartfelt story filled with unique and unforgettable characters, the strength of sisterhood and family, first love, and a love for STEM and the arts, this young adult novel will have readers laughing out loud while also thinking about their own future. Highly recommended for young adult collections.

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