INRTIGUING TOPIC: There are very few books like this in the market. This is such an intriguing, topic-the aftermath of being a hostage-and this could really stand out as a result.
UNUSUAL FORMAT: With dual POV and a narrative that alternates before and after the hold-up, this is a really cool and different way to tell a story giving it a fresh perspective.
SITUATIONS TEENS CAN RELATE TO: Dealing with difficult teen-related topics, the portrayal of the challenges that are so familiar (and sometimes, so hard to face) for many teens is done authentically and honestly. Scott's dad is an alcoholic. Winny's mom has very clear expectations for her daughter's future. A romance that doesn't quite come to be. A break-up. The stresses of a part-time job. Teens will connect with the troubles that Winny Scott face in their daily lives.
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS: Winny's mother is Haitain and this infuses a lot of the expectations placed on Winny. The cast in the cafe who all play significant rolls in the plot is also a diverse mix.