The Date to Save

IMG_20180423_170102.jpgThis is a charming book in the vein of “High School Musical,” where different students of all kinds come together for a big united finish.  Largely due to incompetence on the part of the principal, four major annual school events end up being scheduled on the same day. The mascot’s dragon head goes missing.  Many student conflicts abound. It is pretty much up to one girl to sort out all the problems and catalyze a great resolution.  Good things are learned.  Everybody gets what they want in the end.

I thought this might be one of those rare YA books that is well-written with no material to offend anyone, but starting on Page 154 you quickly start to see language like God, Oh God, My God, and damn.  At this point also one of the characters is revealed to be gay, and that aspect is developed.  Was all of this critical to the story? Nah, it felt like the author was completing a diversity checklist.

 



Categories: Diversity, LGBTQIA, Navigating through High School, Peer Relationships

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