Look No Further

Abrams/Amulet. Aug. 2023. 336p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781419757402.
Gr 8 Up–Rioghnach Robinson and Siofra Robinson’s novel transitions between the dual narration of 17-year-old Niko Castadi and 15-year-old Ali Tan. These two high school students from opposite ends of the United States are accepted into the prestigious Ogilvy summer visual arts program in Manhattan. Coming from very diametrically opposed upbringings, the teens soon discover they have more in common than anyone could have ever guessed. When family secrets come to light and bring the two characters together as estranged siblings who share a Chinese American father, the book reveals how much our families, friends, along with our combined upbringing and experiences, shape us into the people we are. The two teens work to see the similarities in each other despite their differences seeming far more numerous. Niko, Ali, and the supporting cast of characters will captivate readers as they learn about the teens struggles with cultural and societal identity, racial-based assumptions, and relationships, all while trying to navigate their workload at Ogilvy.
VERDICT An enjoyable, heartwarming read. Through their strategic use of art-based references and terms, the authors paint a beautifully descriptive and vibrant world inhabited by endearing and relatable characters that readers cannot help but cheer for.

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