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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Harlequin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 1, 2018
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079RLHQLY
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The story follows a teenage girl, Tiffany, who moves out of her hometown of Chicago after facing a traumatic event. In her new environment in California, Tiffany has to deal with new people and new challenges while she struggles with a sense of belonging and dealing with her trauma/anxiety.
Each character in this book is richly and authentically drawn, and they leap off the page in such a way that it's like watching the story play out on screen. I am also so impressed at how the author crafted some some truly unique characters who are unlike any I have ever read (particularly one of Tiffany's neighbors).
Tiffany's journey is suspenseful, powerful, and riveting. I was glued to this book and would recommend it to both adults (which I am) and teens. Kudos to Ms. Davis for writing this phenomenal debut!
One last thing... if you've never seen Dana L. Davis's vlog on YouTube, she's impossible to dislike. Two minutes with her on-screen, and you'll smile and click "buy." I dare you to say I'm wrong!
Tiffany instantly drew me in. She was polite, terrified, and intelligent. At the same time she was sassy, nuanced, and incredibly intelligent. Tiffany has severe anxiety and OCD. (She also has alopecia). In terms of representation, Tiffany also has a half sister who is on the Autistic spectrum and her family are Jehovah's Witnesses.
Tiffany is also black and she has so many conversations about what it means for her to grow up without representation, to wish she looked like 'other girls', those who pass as white, all the way to the stereotypes about her anger.
So a huge theme is family. Is family something we feel essentially? Something in our bones, a humming in our blood? What makes up a family and how do we become a parent? As someone who is adopted, I've always thought about this issue - if there was something I was missing because I didn't know my birth parents.
So bear with me while I try out this new rating system that I'm trying out. As this is a contemporary, I don't place as much emphasis on world building, because it's fairly straightforward. So if the rating isn't very high, it isn't because it's not good, it's just because it doesn't have particularly detailed descriptions - which isn't a ride or die for me in contemporary.
When Tiffany’s mother passes away from cancer, she is sent to live in California with the father that she’s never met or known about. The only problem is that the day before she was set to fly, another man appeared at her door claiming to be her real father. In seven days, she’ll find out the results of the paternity test but for now, she has to adjust to her new living situation in California without anyone knowing about the test.
Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now definitely had an interesting premise and its execution was well done. The novel was really about family and moving on after grief. Tiffany was a very complex character and I think that Davis was able to write a teenage voice very well. I also liked that Tiffany struggled with anxiety and that it was definitely well explored. It’s not often that YA novels see characters with therapists and medication for mental well-being and I think that’s a very important thing to do.
The plot wasn’t too predictable and I did enjoy the novel overall but sometimes Tiffany’s humour was a bit of a miss for me or I found the novel start to drag on instead of flow naturally. Despite this, I still really enjoyed the novel and I really can’t wait for Davis’ next book.
Overall, Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now was a great debut. If you’re on the lookout for new debut authors, you definitely need to add Dana L. Davis to your list.
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