Teen actor Thorne follows her first novel in the Autumn’s Fall series with this installment, set during the titular Cuban-American character's junior year at her new high school in Florida.
Relationship drama is the name of the game, and it's well-balanced by the breezy, comic tone. Autumn is disappointed to find that the magic diary bestowed upon her by her beloved, recently deceased father seems to have stopped working. She's therefore delighted when she discovers a map that instantly transports her to whatever destination she writes on it. She uses this mainly to make matches among her friends and gets into the kind of situational jams that might be expected, with her dyslexia at times contributing to these. Autumn's funny firecracker of a grandmother assures her that the indigenous Caribbean Taíno people, to whom the magic is attributed, work in ways that are "a mystery." This treatment of culture as vague plot device also occurs when Reenzie, Autumn's frenemy and rival for football quarterback Sean, starts a petition to change the team's name from the "Indians" in order to look good on her college applications.
This light-as-air read will appeal mostly to young teens, who will appreciate all the roller-coaster romance, Autumn's tightknit family, and her recurring run-ins with a fictional young heartthrob named Kyler Leeds. (Romance. 12-16)