Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Nora is almost eighteen years old and is looking forward to moving out and being on her own. It is the summer of 1977 and New York is a scary place, especially with Son of Sam shooting women all over the city. Nora’s brother is making life at home hard as he bullies her and her mother, sets random fires and sells prescription drugs on the street. All Nora wants to do is spend time with the new guy at the deli, but Son of Sam also likes to attack couples that are out late at night.
Burn Baby Burn is a coming of age story set in a simpler time, yet with relevant issues. Nora has to decide what she will do after graduation. She would like to get a job and start living, but her guidance counselor wants her to go to college. Medina has crafted a novel that is easy to fall into and readers will quickly turn the pages as the days progress. At first I believed there would be more about the Son of Sam murders, but after I realized it was the background for this story, I was able to relax into the narrative and enjoy it for what it was … a story about life before computers and cell phones when teens still had to adjust to life in the big bad world. A good read for a good distraction.
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