De Leon’s propulsive, authentic contemporary YA story centers on Maya, a Guatemalan teen whose unique fashion designs just might win her the coveted prize money and a line of her designs in stores. However, her protective mother fears that the escalating gang violence in their colonia (neighborhood) is out of control. With a Romeo & Juliet romance in play, Maya must make some life-or-death decisions that throw the story into a race-to-the end thriller. Absolutely first rate.
(YA Contemporary Fiction, ages 14+) - Reviewed by Maureen