Gripping conspiracy / mystery / high school coming of age novel with an opposites-attract romance subplot, about a young African-America woman from an elite Washington D.C. family. It was written by black woman, and it's narrated brilliantly for audio by Simone Missick who plays Misty Knight on Netflix's Luke Cage. So good that I actually stopped listening to it at about 85% for weeks because I couldn't bear for it to end.
I adore the main character, Emily Bird, and I adore her drug-dealing crush, who goes by the nickname Coffee, and I want to run over the main antagonist with a truck except that I'm so scared of him I would run away. Johnson blends so many strands so beautifully: a mysterious viral outbreak; Emily's relationships with her family, friends, and frenemies; the developing, sometimes contentious relationship she has with Coffee; and Emily's own journey of self-discovery, reinvention, and resistance. Looking back, I can't believe how much stuff is in this book and how neatly it all fits. Gorgeous book, should be far better known.
Diversity note: Author Johnson and narrator Missick are both women of color.