Although there were some things I did not like about the book, I still had a good time reading it. It’s chock-full of discussion topics and would be great for a schoolroom.
The book follows Lena and Campbell, as they escape a football game’s massive fight that has escalated rather quickly. Lena is obsessed with finding her boyfriend, while Campbell switches between waiting for a teacher to give her a ride and hoofing it with Lena. As they do navigate the city, things begin to take a turn for the worse as they encounter danger, prejudices, and devastation at every turn.
The story moves rather quickly, which I love. But I wonder if that was why I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Lena, for one, is the rudest, most self-obsessed person and she’s unapologetic for it. She continuously degrades Campbell, who is timid. Now, the racial tension in the story is evident, but the rift in race between Lena and Campbell seems very one-sided, and I don’t feel the characters truly learned anything from each other.
All in all, it’s a solid YA read