This entry in the new paranormal series The Gift focuses on Da’Quan, who wants to become more popular and maybe even have a chance with Ashantay.
In this series, teens select a paranormal gift that may—or may not—help them. Da’Quan chooses the ability to channel traits from other people, not realizing that he might get not only their positive traits, but their negative ones as well. He’s only an average basketball player, but when he channels Daniel’s superior ability, he easily owns the court. However, he also finds that he’s become terribly insecure around other people. Later he channels Shaquetta’s fashion sense, but he can’t stop himself from commenting on others’ fashion mistakes. He channels Terrell’s comedic abilities but gains yet another problem. Can Da’Quan find romance with Ashantay before he damages his social life? Karre writes directly to an African-American teen audience, but there’s plenty to attract a wider one. The paranormal twist in the book will entice readers, but the important content is Da’Quan’s evolution from a rather shy boy into a more self-confident, assured young man who knows himself and doesn’t need the constant buzz of popularity to give him worth. And there’s a bit of romance as Da’Quan pursues Ashantay.
An entertaining and surprisingly hefty slim read. (Paranormal fiction. 12-18)