Sunday, October 29, 2017

New Release! Patina

Patina by Jason Reynolds

Patina by the amazing author, Jason Reynolds, shows the life of a teenage girl struggling with girl drama, supporting her family, helping her mother -who can’t walk- and her self-confidence. Patina, the main character, has experienced so many hardships in her life; something no child should have to go through. Her perseverance and plenty of supporters, keep her going throughout the story. A main point in the story, is her being on an elite track team, something she always thinks to herself when she just wants to quit, is to run for her mom, who can’t run.  

Jason Reynolds, what can I say? Thank you for creating the books that other authors don’t create. A peek inside someone else’s life, showing young readers that the world isn’t just sunshine and daisies, letting them know that you’ll have to face some challenges in life to be successful. Many people just think every day, you wake up and everything goes the way you want it to go; but in real life -and Patina’s life- you have to fight for everything all day, every day, and twice on Sunday. If you like this book, you should check out Jason Reynolds’ other books on his website

As the companion book to Ghost, this novel lived up to all the expectations (and more) that I expected after the cliffhanger in the end. My favorite character in Patina has to be, Patina herself. I admire her as a character in the book and as a person in my own life. Unlike other people shown in the story, she has to go home and act like a mother to her younger sister, she has to be more responsible, as a kid, than most middle-aged adults are in there entire life. She is the definition of a self-sufficient person, and that is why she is my favorite character. Not because she runs fast, or because she is good in school, because she is so mature, caring, and a great person all around.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves to travel in someone else’s shoes and see the world in a whole new light. This fairly new, realistic fiction novel deserves all 5 out of 5 stars I am giving it. If you haven’t done so already, read the fantastic novel Patina by Jason Reynolds (just not before Ghost). Also look for Sunny due to be released April 2018!

Written by: Jason Reynolds
Published by: Atheneum Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Released on: August 29, 2017

Review by: Chloe C.

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