Saturday, April 9, 2016

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

Burn Baby BurnBurn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read the latest awesome Meg Medina book, Burn Baby Burn, as part of mystery month for #yearofya . Taking place in 1977 this winner of a book is definitely historical fiction (urban fiction, multicultural fiction) but the mystery part encompasses who was committing the murders (& paralyzing NY) as well the psychological (torturous) aspect of Nora's painful home life as it descends into horror (is Hector starting fires, dealing drugs, getting more violent & uncontrollable) with each day. Nora can't confide in her best friend, Kathleen, or co-worker (love interest), Pablo because her mother Mima, hides behind what Hector is becoming with lies and coverups, blames Nora for everything & scares her with her old world cultural beliefs and taboos. I rooted for Nora's bad luck to change, for Nora to face her fears, and REACH like Ms Friedmor encouraged. Meg Medina's description of 1977 New York during a harrowing dangerous time immersed me in the urban neighborhoods with their stores, parks, schools, discos and neighbors, friends & families feeling the heat, desperation & people at their best & worst. A thrilling read, highly recommended for YA and adults!

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