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Autofocus by [Gibaldi, Lauren]
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Length: 352 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 8 Up—A look at the transition to adulthood through the eyes of a young woman searching for answers about her biological family. Tasked with taking photos that represent the concept of family for her photography course, high school senior Maude travels to Tallahassee to see where her birth mother grew up. She stays with best friend Treena, who went off to college a year earlier. Though they once shared everything, Maude and Treena are surprised to discover how much each of them has changed. Treena's new desire to party and hang out with boys leaves Maude on her own as she searches for her birth mother. Along the way, the protagonist meets Bennett, a boy who lives in Treena's dorm and is eager to help. Maude is relentless in her quest for answers, but the author doesn't fully explain why. Treena's East Asian heritage is emphasized but feels like an afterthought. Bennett is the perfect love interest but isn't developed enough to keep readers invested in the romance. Still, detailing the progression from high school to college, Gibaldi gives voice to the fears and expectations of many teenagers. VERDICT Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Sarah Dessen who are looking for a new author to love.—Alexandra Patterson, Mercersburg Academy Library, PA


“Gibaldi gives voice to the fears and expectations of many teenagers. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Sarah Dessen who are looking for a new author to love.” (School Library Journal)

“Has depth and pathos.” (Kirkus)

“The friendship and tension between Maude and Treena is well drawn and realistic, and Maude’s blossoming relationship with Bennett is sweet. The setting is vividly represented. Give this to fans of Sarah Dessen.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

Product details

  • File Size: 1574 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (June 14, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,195,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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