Four Days of You and Me

Miranda Kenneally. Sourcebooks Fire, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-4926-8413-8
The four days of the title are four class trips that high schoolers Lulu Wells and Alex Rouvelis go on each May from freshman to senior year. The first brings them together romantically, despite popular baseball player Alex having beaten out Lulu—a vegan who ran on school sustainability—for class president. By the next year, they’ve broken up, and so it goes, with flashbacks to key moments in their always passionate, if not always happy, relationship. Kenneally (You Make My Heart Race) shows the couple’s feelings, realities, and dreams maturing into something real—Alex has to help out all the time at his family’s Greek restaurant, and he’ll need a scholarship to attend college; Lulu’s working on a graphic novel that she hopes to publish. Though narrator Lulu feels more like a set of traits and hobbies than a flesh-and-blood character, showing Lulu and Alex and their friends growing up and into themselves is a clever way of telescoping the vast development that occurs over the four years of high school. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (May)
Reviewed on : 03/25/2020
Release date: 05/01/2020
Genre: Children's
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