Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Efrain's Secret, by Sofia Quintero
Pretty strained urban YA. Despite good writing and good characters, the plot of this one and the LACK of language made it feel unreal. Efrain wants to go to a Ivy League school, despite some discouragement from teachers, family and friends, who feel that he should be looking at a historically black university instead. To try to earn money for SAT tutoring and application fees, as well as tuition, he starts dealing drugs with an old friend, and everything falls apart.