JC shines like a 4th of July sparkler. She has the best
ideas, the biggest, funniest laugh, and the party starts when she
arrives. Serena St. John is proud to be known as her best friend.
Everything changes when JC returns from the hospital with a new
kidney—and a new best friend. Out of the spotlight of JC’s friendship,
suddenly things aren’t quite so sparkly in Serena’s world.
Lonely Serena works on perfecting her vlogs, hoping to earn a shot
at becoming a classroom reporter. If she can be smart and funny on
video, why can’t she manage that in real life? If only she could always
pause, edit, or delete conversations. It would be so much easier to say
the right thing at the right time . . . instead of not saying what she
should, or, even worse, blurting out a secret that wasn’t hers to share.
Life doesn’t have a pause button—but as Serena discovers her voice
through vlogging, she learns that she’s not just there to reflect JC’s
light—she’s fully capable of shining on her own.
"A delightful multicultural narrative that spotlights friendship and self-awareness. (Fiction. 8-12)" - Kirkus Starred Review
"Davis capably touches on matters of chronic illness, mental health, and
friendship growing pains in this quiet but impactful slice-of-life
novel." - Publishers' Weekly
School Library Journal: "a sensitive, imaginative heroine navigating the turmoils of middle school."