A young woman is pushed to her breaking point by the betrayals of an ex and a father.
Viviana was already under a lot of pressure: imposed by her father, who wants Vivi to follow in his footsteps by attending Stanford, and imposed by herself in her drive to excel—as well as to move past how her ex shared online the naked photo Vivi sent him. But when the white teen starts having panic attacks, her mother puts her foot down and insists that Vivi rest. So she gets a job at the local pool with her Filipina best friend, Sammie—and reconnects with Evan, the white boy who was her first kiss and has grown up to be very cute. But Sammie likes Evan, too, and Vivi doesn't want to lose her friend. And with her family falling apart around her, thanks to Vivi’s discovery of an unsavory truth about her father…there’s a lot on Vivi's plate. Can she keep her best friend while falling for a guy who could be perfect for her? Vivi's vividly portrayed panic attacks and pressure to succeed will speak to many readers. While the truth about her father is more than a little melodramatic, it allows Vivi to react and break free of the expectations. Supporting characters are also strong.
A sensitive novel about accepting imperfection. (Fiction. 14-18)