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Review: Hide With Me by Sorboni Banerjee

Title: Hide With Me
Author: Sorboni Banerjee
Year Published: 2018

Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 358
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)USA (TX) and Mexico

FTC Disclosure: I bought this with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): In the dying cornfields of his family's farm, seventeen-year-old Cade finds a girl broken and bleeding. She has one request: hid me.

Tucked away in an abandoned barn on the edge of the farm, the mysterious Jane Doe starts to heal and details of her past surface. A foster kid looking for a way out, Jane got caught up in the wrong crowd and barely escaped with her life.

Cade has a different past of his own. He's been trapped in the border town of Tanner, Texas, his whole life. Reeling from his parents' messy separation, Cade is focused on one thing: a football scholarship--his only chance.

Cade and Jane spend their nights in the barn planning their escapes, and their days with Cade's friends: sweet artistic Mateo and his fiery sister Jojo, who vows to be president one day.

But it's not that easy to disappear.

Just across the border in a city in Mexico lies the life Jane desperately wants to leave behind--a past filled with drugs and danger, information she never wanted, and a cartel boss who is watching her every move.

Review: This book is definitely one that keeps you glued to the pages, turning them quickly as the book progresses to find out what happens to Jane and Cade.

This book is definitely intense and feels timely with the cartels in Mexico, drugs and people being ferried across the border, and collaborators on both sides. At first I thought: this is all a bit far-fetched, but then I realized that this is real for so many people. It's why we have caravans of families leaving Central America and Mexico for the US. So that part felt strong and real.

The part that doesn't feel as realistic is the involvement of the teenagers. While adolescents definitely get themselves into trouble, these high school seniors do a bit much: they don't tell authorities and they try to take on the cartel themselves. It just seemed a bit unrealistic for me. But that doesn't mean the novel isn't good and I think it will do really well with teen readers.

Challenges for which this counts: none

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