Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer TKono
Annie is a high school senior cursed with apathy. She has her boyfriend Mark
and her hometown of Houston where NASA engineers live and half the
population never goes anywhere. After her friend Lea introduces her to Christa
McAuliffe, Annie finds herself a role model. Christa is the woman from the
famous Teacher in Space program. As basic American history dictates, the
spaceship explodes before leaving earth. Faced with sadness, Annie is confused
about everything and--quite frankly--a hot mess. On her trip, she comes to
know a boy named Tommy and must choose between him and Mark. A page-
turner for sure.
Truth be told, as an engineer, I was excited to read this
book. However, I had been disappointed in the past when reading about The
Challenger in other teen books. Fortunately, this book did not let me down.
There were no creepy romance scenes, and I actually wanted to keep reading.
Emotion leaks off the pages, and readers find themselves identifying with the
characters. Moss also keeps her book real and does not end with Annie
becoming an engineer. While I'd have liked for Annie to study math and science,
I found myself smiling for her when she finally started to make her own
decisions and do what she wanted.
State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA