A beautifully voiced debut captures an intimate story of change and acceptance.
Twelve-year-old Davis lives in an old brownstone with his mother and grandmother in Brooklyn. He loves people-watching in Prospect Park, visiting his mom in the bakery she owns, and listening to the biggest operas he can find as he walks everywhere.
But Davis is having a difficult summer. As questions of sexuality begin to enter his mind, he worries people don't see him as anything other than "husky". To make matters worse, his best girlfriends are starting to hang out with mean girls and popular boys. Davis is equally concerned about the distance forming between him and his single mother as she begins dating again, and about his changing relationship with his amusingly loud Irish grandmother, Nanny.
Ultimately, Davis learns to see himself outside of his one defining adjective. He's a kid with unique interests, admirable qualities, and people who will love him no matter what changes life brings about.
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Outstanding, truly exceptional storytelling
Relatable, moving and perfect.
I hope the author takes this as the compliment I intend but I would say a sort of mash up of "The Curious Incident in the Dog in the Nighttime" with "Me Talk Pretty One Day". The humor and struggle of feeling like an outsider coalescing in a concise and poignant way.
"Bread is a process."
I only stopped because I was interrupted.
A book for every parent and pre-teen.