When Jesus appears…in your cheese.
Brown-skinned, dark-haired high schooler Delaney Delgado’s inherited her Mexican father’s looks and his affection for Polaroid photography. He’s lived in Montana ever since her little sister died of cancer, and Del, her footballer brother, Emmet, and their white mom live in near poverty in the tiny town of Clemency, Texas. When a social media joke—Del snaps a pic of a cheese wheel that bears a slight resemblance to the son of God—is taken for a genuine miracle, a religious frenzy overtakes the town. Other miracles begin to appear, and Del and Gabe—the hot, white son of the local preacher and her crush—hit the streets to find out who’s causing all the ruckus. To call the plot ridiculous would be an understatement, but Davis’ ability to turn a quick-witted sentence keeps this novel afloat. Even though Del’s knack for humor may make her seem wiser than her actual age may imply, her implicit ability to cut through BS will have readers chuckling. Her one-liners say it all: “Anna skates through life with a C average and a pair of D cups filling out her varsity sweater.” That said, the story itself flimsily stretches on for longer than necessary, along with the budding romance between Del and Gabe, and the results feel oddly formulaic despite the clearly distinctive perspectives portrayed.
May cause some laughs. (Fiction. 12-15)