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In the spirit of Nina LaCour and Adam Silvera, this offbeat and romantic debut novel follows a teen girl whose desire to find out more about her late rock star father brings her closer to the last person she expected. Everything Koda Rose knows about her father she’s learned from other people. Moving to New York City with her mom won’t change that, even if New York was Mack In the spirit of Nina LaCour and Adam Silvera, this offbeat and romantic debut novel follows a teen girl whose desire to find out more about her late rock star father brings her closer to the last person she expected. Everything Koda Rose knows about her father she’s learned from other people. Moving to New York City with her mom won’t change that, even if New York was Mack Grady’s city—where he became famous, where he wrote his music, and also where he died. Koda has more important things on her mind. Like how she’s in love with her best friend, Lindsay, and doesn’t have the courage to tell her. Agonizing over how to confess her feelings leads Koda to explore Mack’s enigmatic history in search of answers. She tracks down her dad’s band mate and ex-girlfriend, Sadie Pasquale, and finds herself becoming rapidly obsessed with the mercurial musician. As Koda and Sadie’s complicated bond deepens, they are both forced to grapple with the black hole Mack left behind, or get sucked in themselves.


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In the spirit of Nina LaCour and Adam Silvera, this offbeat and romantic debut novel follows a teen girl whose desire to find out more about her late rock star father brings her closer to the last person she expected. Everything Koda Rose knows about her father she’s learned from other people. Moving to New York City with her mom won’t change that, even if New York was Mack In the spirit of Nina LaCour and Adam Silvera, this offbeat and romantic debut novel follows a teen girl whose desire to find out more about her late rock star father brings her closer to the last person she expected. Everything Koda Rose knows about her father she’s learned from other people. Moving to New York City with her mom won’t change that, even if New York was Mack Grady’s city—where he became famous, where he wrote his music, and also where he died. Koda has more important things on her mind. Like how she’s in love with her best friend, Lindsay, and doesn’t have the courage to tell her. Agonizing over how to confess her feelings leads Koda to explore Mack’s enigmatic history in search of answers. She tracks down her dad’s band mate and ex-girlfriend, Sadie Pasquale, and finds herself becoming rapidly obsessed with the mercurial musician. As Koda and Sadie’s complicated bond deepens, they are both forced to grapple with the black hole Mack left behind, or get sucked in themselves.

30 review for The Mythic Koda Rose

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janna

    This is not what I expected from this book at all. I thought this would be a sad queer romance like the books I've read by Adam Silvera and Nina LaCour! This was very different from those and I feel like the description was very misleading. The main character, Koda (17), has no friends except for her (former ?) best friend Lindsay. She's also supposed to be in love with Lindsay, however ... she forms some kind of relationship with her dead dad's ex-girlfriend (Sadie) WHO IS THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS OLD. This is not what I expected from this book at all. I thought this would be a sad queer romance like the books I've read by Adam Silvera and Nina LaCour! This was very different from those and I feel like the description was very misleading. The main character, Koda (17), has no friends except for her (former ?) best friend Lindsay. She's also supposed to be in love with Lindsay, however ... she forms some kind of relationship with her dead dad's ex-girlfriend (Sadie) WHO IS THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS OLD. I lost it when they kissed. This is problematic and toxic in so many ways and there wasn't nearly enough criticism of it? If at all? Koda doesn't tell anyone about her relationship with Sadie but her reason for that is that her mum doesn't like Sadie and doesn't want Koda to know her NOT that they somehow have somewhat of a romantic connection! This was so confusing. I could have understood them .. becoming friends or whatever because they both KIND OF miss Koda's father (Koda never got to know him though) and probably think they can share their loss with each other or whatever BUT when they kissed? That was truly it for me. What kind of message is this supposed to be? It's even worse because it does kind of send the message that queer people are pedophiles?? Which is such a harmful stereotype. There are so many things wrong with this! I received an e-arc on Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    Not me seeing this cover and thinking "she looks gay, I should check out the synopsis" and guess I was right slkdfjklh Instagram | Blog | Booktube Channel | Twitter Not me seeing this cover and thinking "she looks gay, I should check out the synopsis" and guess I was right slkdfjklh Instagram | Blog | Booktube Channel | Twitter

  3. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    In the spirit of Nina LaCour and Adam Silvera, this offbeat and romantic debut novel follows a sapphic teen girl whose desire to find out more about her late rock star father brings her closer to the last person she expected. the colouring on the cover is just gorgeous Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram In the spirit of Nina LaCour and Adam Silvera, this offbeat and romantic debut novel follows a sapphic teen girl whose desire to find out more about her late rock star father brings her closer to the last person she expected. the colouring on the cover is just gorgeous Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  4. 5 out of 5

    diana

    sadie that little girl is a child have you lost your mind ‘cause i’ll help you find it

  5. 4 out of 5

    Makayla

    I’ll start with, I’ve been really into older YA books lately and this fit the bill! Not only did I love the LGBTQ diversity but Koda Rose FELT like an 18 year old. Someone who hasn’t had much time to play with her sexuality and is just now getting to feel like an adult; even if it is behind her mothers back. Even by the end you can still feel her immaturity and naiveness, although she has learned a lot more by then about both herself, her family, and the world around her. Even in the middle of t I’ll start with, I’ve been really into older YA books lately and this fit the bill! Not only did I love the LGBTQ diversity but Koda Rose FELT like an 18 year old. Someone who hasn’t had much time to play with her sexuality and is just now getting to feel like an adult; even if it is behind her mothers back. Even by the end you can still feel her immaturity and naiveness, although she has learned a lot more by then about both herself, her family, and the world around her. Even in the middle of the book she begins to act, and think, like a teenager does which is exactly what someone who’s 17 turning 18 would do. The only reason I’m not giving this a five star rating is because of the relationship between Sadie and Koda. It wasn’t lacking by any means, so it wasn’t anything that was missing from it. At times it felt like a missing-link mother-daughter or even aunt-niece relationship and in others it felt like Koda was hinting at it being more. It made me feel slightly uncomfortable with the age gap between them, however it’s understanding because Koda Rose IS still a child. She may not fully understand what it is to herself either, which as a 21 year old, I still feel at times. If anything the ending leaves Koda Rose as someone who can be explored further as she grows up. Overall, I do highly recommend the book to anyone wanting a story about a girl discovering her sexuality, her courage, and her family. It was a great read!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    tessie

    i have an arc of this i’m supposed to review but i just found out it’s a romance between the mc and her dead dads girlfriend 😭😭😭😭😭

  7. 5 out of 5

    Avery (readbyfin)

    DNF at page 128 I had so many problems with this book, full review coming soon

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I am loving seeing so much more queer YA fiction being released over the past couple of years and I wish so much that I had access to these novels when growing up. However, I found this book pretty unenjoyable. I was hoping for a tone shift towards the ending but the payoff wasn't nearly powerful enough for me to feel this was worth reading The romance was problematic and dysfunctional - and not romantic in the slightest - (17 year old child and a her father's ex-girlfriend over twice her age - I am loving seeing so much more queer YA fiction being released over the past couple of years and I wish so much that I had access to these novels when growing up. However, I found this book pretty unenjoyable. I was hoping for a tone shift towards the ending but the payoff wasn't nearly powerful enough for me to feel this was worth reading The romance was problematic and dysfunctional - and not romantic in the slightest - (17 year old child and a her father's ex-girlfriend over twice her age - and on top of the who was struggling with addiction and sobriety). Aside of the age gap, there were many red flags (her being scared to tell her mom and best friend that this person was in her life for fear that they will disapprove, that she was missing classes and school, that she never even tried to make any more friends her own age). There were the hints at somecoming of age lessons, but I was hoping for a lot more growth by the end of the story. Or, the very least actually learned something useful about her father's identity and how she can be her own person without him.. this book seemed pretty dry and I was disappointed that I didn't enjoy it more

  9. 4 out of 5

    mel

    I picked up this book thinking it was a cute YA romance... It is not that at all. It's a messy book with messy characters and relationships. Koda and her mum's relationship truly felt like one a kid and her mom in that situation would have: kind of symbiotic, almost too good, which gets rocky when the kid hits the early adult years. Both learn from their mistakes and how they evolve. Also, there's this unconditional love a mum has for her kid, and the weird limit between letting them fly and fal I picked up this book thinking it was a cute YA romance... It is not that at all. It's a messy book with messy characters and relationships. Koda and her mum's relationship truly felt like one a kid and her mom in that situation would have: kind of symbiotic, almost too good, which gets rocky when the kid hits the early adult years. Both learn from their mistakes and how they evolve. Also, there's this unconditional love a mum has for her kid, and the weird limit between letting them fly and fall, and being too controlling. Now to the very very very peculiar and weird relationship between Koda and Sadie. I don't think it was meant to he seen as a healthy relationship. Especially not romantic considering Sadie is twice as old as Koda AND her dead dad's ex. The messed up connection they developed post dad's suicide made me think a lot at how our judgement can be clouded so easily when our hearts and childhood issues are concerned. I think that the romance between them was supposed to be toxic and really not okay. Koda's a queer almost 18 years old kid trying to find out more about her father through this woman, who is herself a drug addict who sees the love of her lifw in Koda. Bad things happen when you are in so deep. Did it make me uncomfortable? Absolutely, but it made me think even more about the meaning of this book. I rooted for the characters to find happiness and finally start healing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Travel.with.a.book

    The Mythic Koda Rose is a compulsive and thought-provoking book executed in some very intriguing topics. The book explores the identity of the characters, faith and what it means to truly open yourself to another figure. This was a fierce novel, dazzling, heartbreaking and well developed main character - Koda Rose, her feelings are very emotional and the Author has done a great job to resonate them in an engaging prose! . Koda Rose is a seventeen Year old, she is the child of a dead rockstar - Mac The Mythic Koda Rose is a compulsive and thought-provoking book executed in some very intriguing topics. The book explores the identity of the characters, faith and what it means to truly open yourself to another figure. This was a fierce novel, dazzling, heartbreaking and well developed main character - Koda Rose, her feelings are very emotional and the Author has done a great job to resonate them in an engaging prose! . Koda Rose is a seventeen Year old, she is the child of a dead rockstar - Mack Grady, she lives in Los Angeles but the story begins when she and her mother move to New York city, Jennifer Nissley's sophisticated novel dices into the complexed lives of the characters,  the relationships with one another, Nissley's observations are vivid and unique and it captures some mind-blowing emotions! . In New York City Koda meets her father's ex girlfriend Sadie and they get to talk about her father's life more that she could read in articles and newspapers! The Mythic Koda Rose is a profound, radiantly alive and insightful, the emotional moments explored within the chapters is so outstanding and brutally honest that I enjoyed it, Jennifer has written a very intriguing novel that will make a lot of people feel the special ingredients that she has put in and I loved it so much, this one was a 5/5 and I highly recommend it to everyone for fans of Adam Silvera and Jennifer Dugan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Nissley

    Hi everybody! My name is Jenn and I’m gonna rate this book five stars because hey, I love it and worked really hard on it and I think some readers out there might really like it too. Unfortunately though, I have seen this book marketed inappropriately as a romance by certain outlets, and that really bums me out, because I don't want readers to have false expectations going into the story. Of course, Koda's feelings for Sadie are messy and imperfect, and I understand why this might not be the sto Hi everybody! My name is Jenn and I’m gonna rate this book five stars because hey, I love it and worked really hard on it and I think some readers out there might really like it too. Unfortunately though, I have seen this book marketed inappropriately as a romance by certain outlets, and that really bums me out, because I don't want readers to have false expectations going into the story. Of course, Koda's feelings for Sadie are messy and imperfect, and I understand why this might not be the story for everyone for that reason. Please be gentle with yourselves. But for those of you still curious about Koda’s story, I do hope you’ll give her a chance! <3

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    When I started reading this book, I got Kurt Cobain/Frances Bean vibes, and I was really interested in seeing where the author went with this. I found I was invested enough to see this story to the end, but when I was finished, I just wasn't sure what exactly I was supposed to take away from it. I did appreciate Koda's desire to know and understand the father she never met. I thought Nissley did a great job pulling me into Koda's head and letting me understand what was driving this desire. She l When I started reading this book, I got Kurt Cobain/Frances Bean vibes, and I was really interested in seeing where the author went with this. I found I was invested enough to see this story to the end, but when I was finished, I just wasn't sure what exactly I was supposed to take away from it. I did appreciate Koda's desire to know and understand the father she never met. I thought Nissley did a great job pulling me into Koda's head and letting me understand what was driving this desire. She lived in a world where all she knew about her father she learned from online and magazine articles. I could understand wanting to know more, and that's why her quest to get closer to Sadie seemed plausible. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  13. 5 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So when I started reading this book, I was under the impression that it was a YA Queer Romance, which it’s not in any form of the words. It’s a story of 17yo queer girl who is trying to find out more about a father that died when she was a baby. Koda Rose is not new to the limelight. Her father was Mack Grady, Rock Star and drug addict. He died of an over dose when she was only 1, but in that year she was alive, he never once met her. She never knew the man that the world compares her to and it So when I started reading this book, I was under the impression that it was a YA Queer Romance, which it’s not in any form of the words. It’s a story of 17yo queer girl who is trying to find out more about a father that died when she was a baby. Koda Rose is not new to the limelight. Her father was Mack Grady, Rock Star and drug addict. He died of an over dose when she was only 1, but in that year she was alive, he never once met her. She never knew the man that the world compares her to and it used to not bother her, but after she moves to New York City, it’s all she can think about. So when she finds out his ex lives a burrow away, she decides to track her down. Sadie is 38 years old and was Mack’s band mate. She was with him from high school… except for when he cheated on her with Koda’s mom. So the sight of Koda at the coffee shop she frequents, looking like her dead father is a shock. After another chance meeting, the two become friends. A weird friendship that seems to turn into something else. Honestly, for the majority of the book I thought that Sadie was Koda’s birth mother… but then… the kiss. So yeah! Nope!! Not her mom. Finding out that Sadie was on drugs, because Koda looked so much like her father it was driving her crazy. Sadly, I understood their story. I dated someone twice my age when I was Koda’s age. So this wasn’t a shock to read. I looked at other reviews after finishing the book and I did not have the same reaction. I thought the story was so incredibly sad. I felt horrible for them both and wanted them to find happiness. Obviously not with eachother, but somehow… with someone. Thank You to Simon Teen for sending me a copy of The Mythic Koda Rose in return for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Frida Mendez

    La idea de una adolescente tratando de encontrarse a sí misma y tratar de sanar una relación que nunca existió con su padre fallecido es interesante. Sin embargo, todo eso pierde fuerza cuando la mayor parte del libro tienes que tratar de hacer las paces con leer una relación ambigua, cuasiromantica con la ex de dicho padre, quien tiene casi el doble de edad que Koda.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I'm sure that the target readers will enjoy this more, but the story of Koda Rose and her search for something to tie her to her father, a Kurt Cobain-esque figure who died when she was a few months old. Mom is virtually absent, busy helping save a Magazine (never named) and just assuming Koda would settle in to a new school, new city and new life without any problems. And then there's Sadie, the probable love of Mack's life and former bandmate, who may have the answers Koda seeks... you just kn I'm sure that the target readers will enjoy this more, but the story of Koda Rose and her search for something to tie her to her father, a Kurt Cobain-esque figure who died when she was a few months old. Mom is virtually absent, busy helping save a Magazine (never named) and just assuming Koda would settle in to a new school, new city and new life without any problems. And then there's Sadie, the probable love of Mack's life and former bandmate, who may have the answers Koda seeks... you just know that's not going to go well. While Koda's search was understandable, she's not that likeable and her relationships with everyone (Sadie, mom, and her BFF from Back Home, Lindsey) do nothing to change that impression. Everyone, in fact, seems to be a stereotype rather than a fully fleshed out person. And the plot? Equally predictable. eARC provided by publisher via Netgalley.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bautista

    Okay this was really not what i expected when i started this book. It was entertaining? eh yeah. But i was also like "what the fuck???" When i realized what was going to happen and then IT HAPPENED. It's not only about the weird relationship between Koda and Sadie, it's about how the people around them didn't tell them "hey! This is weird, this is wrong, this is toxic". I know Teddy and Lidsay said it to them but they didn't KNOW the extent of the relationship, so i guess if they knew they would Okay this was really not what i expected when i started this book. It was entertaining? eh yeah. But i was also like "what the fuck???" When i realized what was going to happen and then IT HAPPENED. It's not only about the weird relationship between Koda and Sadie, it's about how the people around them didn't tell them "hey! This is weird, this is wrong, this is toxic". I know Teddy and Lidsay said it to them but they didn't KNOW the extent of the relationship, so i guess if they knew they would have been more insistent of keeping them away. The level of dependency they had for each other was sickening, the difference of age was sickening, the fact Sadie insisted to keep Koda around was sickening, Koda isolating herself because of Sadie was sickening. I want to believe the writer wanted to portray it as wrong but it wasn't explicit enough that the characters understood themselves how wrong it was. And when i thought it was going in a good path and they were about to stay away of each other, the last chapter implied they were going to keep in contact???? Sorry but i need Koda to WAKE UP ?!?! And realize there is nothing normal about that relationship. I started this book expecting a lot more of Koda and Lindsay, that was the relationship i wanted to read while Koda started this journey of finding out who was her father (and by the way she didn't learn very much about him ???). I know she was away and obviously if they kept contact during the book, Sadie wouldn't have gotten that close of Koda. I know we want more lgbt content, i know gay couples can be toxic too and I KNOW not everything has to be perfect but i need people to use their platform to share stories where at least the characters end up learning when a relationship is bad for them.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Luci Quinn

    I found this book more enjoyable than “in deeper waters” and i think there were definetely a few good quotes on growing as a person and making the most out of life, for example, “Do it afraid” which meant instead of waiting to do something until it doesn’t frighten you anymore, do it afraid. However, i feel that the message fell flat in the end and i didn’t see that much personal growth for our main character. Koda Roses character was anything but consistent, at times being shy and self consciou I found this book more enjoyable than “in deeper waters” and i think there were definetely a few good quotes on growing as a person and making the most out of life, for example, “Do it afraid” which meant instead of waiting to do something until it doesn’t frighten you anymore, do it afraid. However, i feel that the message fell flat in the end and i didn’t see that much personal growth for our main character. Koda Roses character was anything but consistent, at times being shy and self conscious and at others coming across extremely rude and boldly spoken. The relationship between her and her fathers girlfriend had me feeling uncomfortable at points and i felt at times it went beyond the boundaries of “close friends” and even at points felt Koda Rose was being taken advantage of and in my opinion the toxicity behind their relationship should have been further spoken on. In the end it was not a bad read yet had many parts that left me wanting to put it down out of sheer discomfort.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angel Martin

    I was so excited to be a part of this tour after seeing the cover and reading the synopsis. It gave me Kurt and Frances vibes, which is something that I've never really seen in a book, let alone a YA book with queer rep. I started this book the second I got it, even though I was in the middle of a different book at the time, and I didn't stop reading it unless I absolutely had to - which was quite a lot because the universe just wasn't on my side for this. I really loved that the characters felt I was so excited to be a part of this tour after seeing the cover and reading the synopsis. It gave me Kurt and Frances vibes, which is something that I've never really seen in a book, let alone a YA book with queer rep. I started this book the second I got it, even though I was in the middle of a different book at the time, and I didn't stop reading it unless I absolutely had to - which was quite a lot because the universe just wasn't on my side for this. I really loved that the characters felt real in this book. Most YA books feature characters that feel either too old or too young. Koda Rose actually felt like an eighteen year old trying to fully discover her identity, and I think this book would've been great for me when I was seventeen, going on eighteen and confused about everything. She was awkward and just everything a teenager should be in my opinion. Her relationship with her mom felt genuine; if my mom and I were in their position, I'm sure our relationship would be pretty similar. My only problem with this book was the relationship between Koda and Sadie, her dad's ex-girlfriend. I was hoping for a more familial bond between them, perhaps an aunt and niece relationship. However, I do think I see where the author was coming from when she included this. I personally saw the relationship as toxic, but that's how I feel it was supposed to be. Sadie was going through a lot, and she clung to someone that not only looked like Mack, but reminded her of him as well. Does this make it okay? Absolutely not, and it still made me really uncomfortable to read. At Koda's age, I was in love with people over twice my age as well, but Sadie should have known better, drugs or not. I didn't really see this as a romance book either, as Koda's relationship with Sadie was far from romantic; to me, it was just two confused women that felt safe together and mistook their feelings for each other as romantic. The author has also said that it isn't a romance, which is another thing that makes me believe that their toxic relationship was supposed to be weird and uncomfortable to read. The writing itself in this book deserves five stars, but because Sadie's relationship with Koda made me uncomfortable, I don't feel comfortable giving it that rating. This doesn't mean it's not a great book that I really enjoyed reading, though! I adored the author's writing style, the characters, and the imagery. Putting myself in Koda's shoes just made me feel weird when it came to Sadie. Jennifer had me laughing and crying throughout this entire book, and I'd love to read more of her works in the future! Disclaimer: I received a gifted copy of this book from the author and Pride Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    I'm bumping my rating to a 3.5 for teen and LGBTQ appeal. “Mythic Koda Rose” by Jennifer Nissley is about growing up, exploring your past, and learning about love. This is a lovingly crafted tale written for teens who struggle to live up to society’s expectations. It’s, perhaps, a roadmap to figuring out who you are for yourself. It’s certainly worth a rainy afternoon (even if the book is set in winter), to discover who Koda Rose is and who she can become. “Mythic Koda Rose,” Jennifer Nissley’s fi I'm bumping my rating to a 3.5 for teen and LGBTQ appeal. “Mythic Koda Rose” by Jennifer Nissley is about growing up, exploring your past, and learning about love. This is a lovingly crafted tale written for teens who struggle to live up to society’s expectations. It’s, perhaps, a roadmap to figuring out who you are for yourself. It’s certainly worth a rainy afternoon (even if the book is set in winter), to discover who Koda Rose is and who she can become. “Mythic Koda Rose,” Jennifer Nissley’s first book, isn’t a mystery or a thriller. It’s about finding love, friendship, and oneself in the crazy world of growing up. Written for teens, "Mythic Koda Rose" is also about exploring love, bisexual or not. I has less appeal for adults, Thanks to the BookLoft of German Village (Columbus, OH) http://www.bookloft.com for an ARC to read and review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maia

    Okay, I get this book is not a romance novel but that said it doesn’t change the fact that a romance of some capacity occurs between a 38 year old and a 17 year old. I get that this book is -complicated- or wherever (and it did slightly pull that vibe off in the last maybe two chapters I guess) but it was really uncomfortable to get through because these two by no means should have even been friends in the way they were. It was SUPER inappropriate even had they not kissed (which they do! Disgust Okay, I get this book is not a romance novel but that said it doesn’t change the fact that a romance of some capacity occurs between a 38 year old and a 17 year old. I get that this book is -complicated- or wherever (and it did slightly pull that vibe off in the last maybe two chapters I guess) but it was really uncomfortable to get through because these two by no means should have even been friends in the way they were. It was SUPER inappropriate even had they not kissed (which they do! Disgusting!!!) That said what irked me more than that was just how koda was written, it was simultaneously the youngest description that could have been written of a teenager and violently over sexualized. Gave me weird vibes the whole time :(

  21. 5 out of 5

    Malissa

    "In the spirit of Nina LaCour and Adam Silvera" this was NOT. "In the spirit of Nina LaCour and Adam Silvera" this was NOT.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emelie

    Hmmm I have so many thoughts and no idea how to process them. Review to come soon I guess

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jason Seligson

    This story follows Koda Rose, the 17-year-old child of a deceased rockstar named Mack Grady. Her father's band (the brilliantly named Quixote) still has legions of fans, but for most of her life, Koda has had a relatively normal existence in Los Angeles. That all changes when she and her mother move to New York City. Suddenly, Koda is transplanted back to the place where her father became famous. When she bumps into Mack's ex-girlfriend, Sadie, she sees an opportunity to finally get to know the This story follows Koda Rose, the 17-year-old child of a deceased rockstar named Mack Grady. Her father's band (the brilliantly named Quixote) still has legions of fans, but for most of her life, Koda has had a relatively normal existence in Los Angeles. That all changes when she and her mother move to New York City. Suddenly, Koda is transplanted back to the place where her father became famous. When she bumps into Mack's ex-girlfriend, Sadie, she sees an opportunity to finally get to know the man behind the myth. But Sadie brings her own baggage to the table, and Koda quickly gets swept up in the messy life of her dad's former bandmate. Meanwhile, Koda's got other problems: like struggling to confess romantic feelings for her best friend back home. Jenn Nissley is particularly deft at capturing teen voices. Her characters are smart, but not jaded; no less naive than the average adolescent. That authenticity is a big part of what makes this book stand out. There's so much to love: queer characters, complex relationships, whale facts...and just wait until you hear some of Quixote's lyrics. Koda's ongoing quest to understand her family—and herself—is both surprising and poignant. I have no doubt that it will stick with readers after they reach the final page. I love this book, and can't wait for the world to meet it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alayna

  25. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carri Horner

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jonke

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Rotigliano

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leah

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