Bleak, but enjoyable.

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina is an engrossing coming-of-age tale about a Latin-American teen, Nora Lopez. Nora's home life is unhappy, she bottles it up while learning unsavoury things about her brother, and crushing on the new kid at work. Oh, and it's the summer of 1977 and David Berkowitz is on his shooting rampage around New York.

This was a good read, but not at all what I expected! I chose it based on the synopsis *after* plucking it off the shelf because of the awesome disco ball cover art and catchy title.

Burn Baby Burn doesn't take itself as seriously as the blurb suggests it might, so you end up with a tale about growing up and out of yourself. Also, I just love a good story about regular people on the grind.

Actually, nothing about the Son of Sam aspect of the story was particularly sinister, so I'd even recommend it to teens/young adults.

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