Genre: Realistic Fiction
# of pages: 271
RAC Book: Yes
This new book by Mitch Davies follows a high school student, Rory, through his senior year of high school. He finds a passion in chemistry and decides to quit band in order to study harder for a big scholarship awarded at the end of the year. This decision does not go over well with his band teacher who argues he just wants to spend more time with his girlfriend, despite Rory’s insistence that he really wants to focus on chemistry. Meanwhile, he begins to spend more time with another person in the chemistry group named Victoria. They always seem to have a lot to talk about and challenge each other in many ways. As they begin to grow closer and Rory splits with his current girlfriend, they both try to decide what they want in their futures.
Senior year is a stressful and exciting time as you try to decide what you will do after graduation and what kind of person you ultimately want to become. Mitch Davies does an excellent job of conveying how these different feelings and pressures are put onto these young students. The relationships between colleagues, teachers, and parents are written in a way that anyone can identify with. The ending is satisfying and will cause a lot of discussion among teenage readers. Recommended for all readers, but high school students will get a lot out of it as they are struggling with similar decisions and pressures, not to mention the excitement of young love. There is a bit of language and sexuality, but it rings true to the characters.