Title: Patina (Track #2)
Author: Jason Reynolds
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons—to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she’s not able to live with her “real” mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease that took her mom’s legs will one day take her away forever. So Patty’s also running for her mom, who can’t. But can you ever really run away from any of this? As the stress builds up, it’s building up a pretty bad attitude as well. Coach won’t tolerate bad attitude. No day, no way. And now he wants Patty to run relay…where you have to depend on other people? How’s she going to do THAT?
This story begins seconds after the last story ended. At the end of the last story, Ghost, Ghost was just about to start his first track race. But it didn’t go as planned, which was surprising. This is a great way to join the two stories, especially since they have different narrators.
I love Patty’s distinct voice in this story. She tells the story from her point of view. She is a very strong girl who grows a lot throughout the story.
Patty has a unique family situation. She lives with her aunt (who her and her sister call Momly) and her uncle. But their mom is still alive, though she is unable to take care of them. Her mom had to have both legs amputated due to complications from diabetes. I have never read a story with a character in that condition before, so I learned a lot from this story.
I liked the way that Patty explained things that happened with her mom. Whenever she mentioned medical terms, like diabetes, dialysis, or diagnosis, she noted that they all have the word “die” in them. It was a way for her to analyze what was going on. She was very perceptive and smart when dealing with these difficult situations.
I loved this book. The third book in the series, Sunny, is coming out next week, and I can’t wait to read it!