“Cousins Forever” by Dalya Moon
Genre: Young Adult/Middle Grade Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Source: Won in a giveaway from the author
Other books: Charlie
Summary from Goodreads:
Lainey Murphy is neither the most popular girl at her high school nor the least. And she wants to stay that way, thank you.
Enter Tick Murphy, the cousin with candy-apple-red hair and an equally loud personality. First, she makes a spectacle of herself in Drama class, then she plays an awful prank on Lainey’s friends. This is her “making an effort” to fit in? What’s next? Burning down the school?
Lainey tries everything she can to get along with her cousin, but she’s starting to wonder why. The only thing that will return Lainey’s life to pre-Tick normalcy would be if her annoying cousin left town … back to the west coast, and out of Lainey’s life.
How is Lainey going to make that happen?
I love the layering to Moon’s stories. There’s a lot going on but it’s never overwhelming. It feels very true to life. She managed to nail that awkwardness of high school. I almost felt like I was back in high school. I got the lump in my throat from stopping myself from crying many times. I knew how Lainey and Tick felt about trying to fit in but it not really working.
I love her characters in this book. They feel so real. You love them. You hate them. You get so annoyed you want to scream at them. It’s really refreshing to have fully developed characters from a fairly short book. All of the characters seem really natural as well. It’s undoubtedly hard to truly capture a younger character’s voice when you haven’t been that young in quite a while but Moon managed to do it.
The book is extremely readable. It just drew me in. You just want more! I picked it up to have something to read on and ended up finishing it in an afternoon because I couldn’t leave the book alone.
The bottom line? A fun read!