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OUT OF BODY by Nia Davenport Kirkus Star


by Nia Davenport

Pub Date: Feb. 6th, 2024
ISBN: 9780063255715
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins

An out-of-body story that tackles societal ills with a science fiction bent.

Seventeen-year-old Megan Allen is celebrating her “three-month friendiversary” with LC. The two Black girls clicked instantly when they happened to meet in a suburban Atlanta coffee shop, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Megan hasn’t had a friend like LC since she was a kid, so she’s thrilled. That all changes when, the morning after the party they went to, she wakes up alone, lying on the ground in the backyard of a boy she knows—in someone else’s body. As Megan adapts to her new, much taller frame, she races against time to find LC. But first, she has to figure out whose body she’s inhabiting now and assume her identity until she can get her own life (and body) back. Davenport’s genre-bending adventure zips along, with Megan adjusting to and fighting against her new reality. The examination of relevant teen themes of race, selfhood, and relationships plays out against the backdrop of an imaginatively developed landscape; Megan must believe in herself more than ever before if she’s going to save herself. In her YA debut, adult science fiction author Davenport deftly handles the body-switching plotline, keeping readers aware of who’s who while delivering all too believable scares in a story that’s a great choice for fans of Jordan Peele and Tiffany D. Jackson.

Complex, entertaining, and thought provoking.

(Science fiction/thriller. 14-18)