At its heart, this affecting YA novel is about belonging, about finding one's place in the world. Finch Delgado's gutless father has taken off; her mother is dead. Finch lives with her unemployed stepfather, a man she barely knows, and his wife.
Finch is a transgender girl on the cusp of puberty. Ginny Rorby does not belabor this aspect of the story, but treats it as another challenge for Finch, a challenge no more or less momentous than the others. Rorby has drawn a fully realized adolescent, one all readers, particularly young readers, will cheer on to the satisfying conclusion.
Highly recommended. 5 stars for the compelling story alone. Another 5 for adding to the conversation.