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Julia has just been kicked out of her school for the deaf for covering up an offense slur against her best friend with graffiti. She is now in a mainstream school, stuck with an interpreter and being treated like a common criminal for making art. When someone adds on to her new tag, Julia find herself in tag war.
I really, really loved this book!
I loved that the book included pictures of the art Julia created.
I loved how much art was talked about.
I really loved how authentic Julia came across. She was miserable for being kicked out, she was hurt that her best friend betrayed her. She hated that her moms treated her like a criminal. She was such an angry and hurt teen. I know that many people might find her to be "unlikeable" but to me she was going through all reasonable reactions.
This book focused mostly on female friendships, there was little to no romance.
I REPEAT A BOOK ABOUT FEMALE FRIENDSHIP WITH LIMITED ROMANCE.
But what I really loved the most was the writing.
Since Julia and her family are deaf every time they had conversation the dialogue was written grammatically correct. When Julia was talking to YP or someone who didn't really know how to sign the dialogue was broken. It depicted ASL as another language, that even though our characters communicating in English they aren't the same.
It showed how much research Gardner did to prepare for this book.
I give this book a B+.
I wish this book was a bit longer, we had more deep conversations with Julia and YP.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.