My favorite YA book of the year! I went into this thinking it would be a bit like Empire Records with a twist of mystery, but this book is so much more. Three teens are struggling with the disappearance of their friend Kiki, who has now joined a long line of missing Indigenous girls and women. One night at the pizza shop they all work at, Berlin thinks she catches a glimpse of Kiki, and so begins the story of trying to save a girl, a community, and a pizza shop. This book is raw and real and unforgettable, the author lending an #OwnVoices perspective that needs to be heard.
Those Pink Mountain Nights by Jen Ferguson, (List Price: 19.99, Heartdrum, 9780063086210, September 2023)
Reviewed by Kate Towery, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia