In the summer of 1999, twelve-year-old Fe-Fe’s world is filled with the innocence of Double Dutch and candy runs situated, though, right next to gang wars and drug trafficking. When Fe-Fe and her friends welcome a new girl to their childhood trio, that decision, overlaid with the city’s demolition of their home, upends each of their lives forever. This debut novel is a heartfelt rendering of the way childhood bonds can have lasting impacts, how racial and economic institutions permeate the core of every family, and how forgiveness and redemption are not something that happens once, but can be revisited throughout a lifetime. I am still stunned by the quiet depth and power of this novel—put this at the top of your summer reads. —S.M.C.