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S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Sept. 2020. 272p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534474192.
Gr 6 Up–Silverman’s (Girl Out of Water; You Asked for Perfect) latest is permeated with just as much teen drama, angst, romance, and laughter as her earlier works. Shoshana is a peppy high school student from Georgia with the most incredible moms, friends, and boss a girl could have. An aspiring author, she loves her job at the Once Upon independent bookstore and enthusiastically recommending books to people. Her happiness begins to peter out over winter break when her car, “Barbara Streisand,” breaks down and the new (and cute) sales clerk, Jake Kaplan (who doesn’t even read books!), gives her the cold shoulder. To exacerbate matters, her mothers, who have been bickering lately about money and responsibilities, have forgotten their “Latkepalooza” last-night-of-Hanukkah family tradition. Shoshana believes that fixing each and every one of her problems will make everything better; however, her actions may be causing more drama than closure. Silverman creates a delightful coming-of-age story, featuring LGBTQ parents and friends. The protagonist (like many her own age) discovers that life isn’t a fairy tale and that growing up means facing real-life problems that cannot be solved so easily.
VERDICT This book is destined for rom-com fans and those who have worked in retail and know the plight of customer service.

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