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Permanent Record

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Solid coming-of-ager shows lure of celebrity, social media.

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Mary H.K. Choi's second novel is a solid coming-of-ager that teens will relate to even as they're entertained by a peek inside the fabulous celebrity lifestyle. Pablo wants to be independent and make his own decisions, but he can't make up his mind. He wants to pursue his dreams but doesn't know what he wants to do with his life. And right in the teen wheelhouse is the characters' use of social media, how if affects their relationships and the way they see themselves and their potential, and what becomes part of your Permanent Record.

Pablo's voice is believable, and the colorful cast of sometimes-quirky characters add emotional depth. His growing relationship with celebrity A-lister Lee adds a nice dash of romance that's refreshingly believable but not graphic.

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