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Home and Away: 06/15/20

Home and Away

In Home and Away by Candice Montgomery, Tasia Quirk lives a good life with her family in a wealthier bit of Los Angeles. She's a senior in high school. She's a quarterback on her school's team. She has everything going for her until a mysterious package drops a bombshell on her.

Turns out Tasia's father isn't her biological father. She's paler skinned than her parents because her biological father is white. He's a musician and composer in Hollywood.

Tasia freaks out and decides she no longer wants to live with her mother and father. Personally I found her reaction to be out of the blue given how happy she seemed to be up to that point. I should point out some of this is my own personal baggage as a child from a previous marriage who didn't go through Tasia's emotional rollercoaster.

The remainder of the book is Tasia finding her place in her biological father's family. She meets family she didn't know she had. She goes to a new school. She fights to get onto their football team.

Tasia's going between two schools and two sets of friends reminds me a bit of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (the Netflix adaptation more than the original comic). I didn't find her choices always relatable but it was interesting to see her navigate between two very different families and schools.

Four stars

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