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ZYLA & KAI by Kristina Forest


by Kristina Forest

Pub Date: June 7th, 2022
ISBN: 978-0-593-40724-0
Publisher: Kokila

A teen who has sworn off love falls for a hopelessly romantic co-worker.

Zyla’s parents were high school sweethearts but divorced when Zyla was a kid because of her dad’s frequent infidelity. This betrayal—and her mother’s subsequent heartbreak and failed relationships—has turned Zyla into a cynic. She has sworn off dating and romance, instead focusing on getting into fashion design school. Kai’s parents met in college, and it was love at first sight. After they were killed in a car accident, Kai moved in with his maternal aunt and uncle (who was his father’s best friend), and the two of them are models for being true partners. With these relationships as his guiding light, Kai dates a lot—unsuccessfully—in an attempt to find his special person. After an incident with an ex, Kai is forbidden from dating so he can focus on getting into Morehouse. But when Zyla and Kai are assigned to work together at their amusement park jobs, sparks fly—and they must decide if they are willing to break the rules to see what could be. A mystery at the start of the book is a confusing launch point into the story, and the narrative moves clunkily between past and present, but the portrayal of Kai’s grief therapy is excellent, and patient readers will be rewarded with the sweetest happily-ever-after. Most characters are Black.

A first love story with all the feels.

(Romance. 12-18)