It’s the year 2000 in New York City. For 12-year old Alyssa, this means splitting time between her Puerto Rican dad's apartment in Manhattan and her white mom's new place in Queens, navigating the trials and tribulations of middle school, and an epic crush on a new classmate. The only way to make sense of it all is to capture the highs and lows in doodles and hilarious comics in a diary.
Then life abruptly changes on September 11, 2001. After the Twin Towers fall and so many lives are lost, worries about gossip and boys feel distant and insignificant. Alyssa must find a new sense of self and purpose amidst all of the chaos, and find the strength to move forward with hope. In this heartfelt diary-style graphic memoir by Alyssa Bermudez, with some entries taken directly from her originals, young readers will find a unique, intimate look into the real life of a girl their age in the days after 9/11.
"Alyssa is endlessly earnest and awkward as she works up the courage to talk to her crush, Alejandro; gushes about her dreams of becoming a shoe designer; and tries to solve her burgeoning unibrow problem. The diaries also have a darker side, as a sense of impending doom builds as the entries approach 9/11, especially because Alyssa’s father works in finance in the World Trade Center.... An authentic and moving time capsule of middle school angst, trauma, and joy." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Aug 17, 2021|
|Publisher||Roaring Brook Press|