What’s Not Mine

ECW. Apr. 2024. 6:50 hrs. ISBN 9781778523465. $24.99. F
Coming up on her 16th birthday, Bria Powers is the definition of world-weary. It’s summer; Bria should be busy being a teen. In a way, she is—babysitting her cousins by the pool, sneaking in the house late at night, flipping burgers for pocket money. But Bria is also visiting bars with her boyfriend, Someboy, popping pills, and trying to figure out which anonymous adult man is sending her unsolicited naked photos. She didn’t ask for any of this, but she can’t seem to get away from any of it either. This novel is a grim one, especially as readers learn more about the impact drugs have had on Bria’s life, but there is also a lot of care and gritty humor to be found as well. Narrator Billie Baird lends a deep sardonic wit to the telling of Bria’s story. Her voice fits just right in the adult debut by Decter (author of the YA novel How Far We Go and How Fast).
VERDICT Contemporary fiction readers looking for equal parts grit and heart will enjoy this one.
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