Recommended: A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong
While ostensibly about the forming of a high school’s first girls’ basketball team, this book is about basketball as much as Leong’s Prism Stalker was about light refraction. It’s about friendship, and not the clear-cut, BFF bonds we see so often in fiction, but the kind of blurry, confusing, and frequently frustrating friendships that feel painfully true to life. These are lives that are at times goofy, messy, triumphant, and tragic–and every turn just transports you deeper into their world.
Sloane Leong’s A Map To the Sun is one of those rare books that causes everything to slip away the moment you start reading. Some time later you turn the last page, dazed, feeling like you’ve just been living someone else’s life, and it takes days to shake the dreams and disappointments of people that don’t even exist.
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