Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. (Oh, and she’d also like to make it through seventh grade with her best friendships intact, learn to run track, and have a cute boy see past her giant forehead.)
But in junior high, it’s like all the rules have changed. Now she’s suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she’s not black enough. Wait, what?
Shay’s sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shay doesn’t think that’s for her. After experiencing a powerful protest, though, Shay decides some rules are worth breaking. She starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives movement. Soon everyone is taking sides. And she is given an ultimatum.
Shay is scared to do the wrong thing (and even more scared to do the right thing), but if she doesn’t face her fear, she’ll be forever tripping over the next hurdle. Now that’s trouble, for real.
This middle-grade novel is about family, friendship, and standing up for what’s right. The issues in this story are racial issues, curl nights, diversity, and justice. It does touch on Black Lives Matter and the #METOO movement. Shayla’s at 12 years old who starts a new school, changing friendships, and injustice in the world. She stands up for what’s right even though it causes TROUBLE. The characteristics were relatable and I really enjoyed the diversity in the friendship. It dealt with teenage issues and the story flowed smoothly. This book is funny, warm, and educational. I recommend it to everyone over the age of 12. This is a good conversational piece for parents in this day and age.
About the Author
Lisa Moore Ramee wrote her first book in second grade. It took some time before she got around to writing her second one. A Good Kind of Trouble was her debut novel, published in Spring 2019. Her next book, Something to Say, is due out July, 2020.