A-Okay by Jarad Greene
HarperCollins Children’s Books/Harper Alley
Publication Date: 11/2/2021
Jay is in eighth grade and suddenly he has acne. He doesn’t really think anything of it until there are pimples all over his face. In consultation with a couple doctors, Jay tries various treatments (which don’t really work) until he’s finally put on a stronger medication which has some odd side effects. Everything else seems to spiral from there – his good friend is being distant, he’s not sure where to sit at lunch, and he doesn’t seem to have romantic feelings of any kind for anyone. What’s a teen to do when they don’t know where they fit in and life is just so confusing?
This is a quick-paced, fun, engaging (and semi-autobiographical) coming-of-identity graphic novel, full of heart, hilarity, and, yes, a whole lot of awkwardness. Jay’s all-to-relatable quest to figure out his niche in the world will endear him to the reader.
A-Okay is the perfect supplement to the works of Svetlana Chmavoka, Raina Telgemeier, and Jerry Craft. Put this in the hands of all fans of realistic and humorous fiction.
–Megan Baird, Yuma, AZ
Other Nominated Titles
- Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon (June 21, 2021)
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