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Jason Reynolds’s Track series is one of my favorites to date. The interwoven character stories, the struggles and hardships they overcome, and the important lessons they learn make for some incredible books. I didn’t think it was possible to top Ghost’s story but Patina’s is so, so good.

Thank you to Edelweiss and Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books for providing me a digital galley of this book. All opinions are my own.

Earlier this summer we recommended Ghost, the first book in this series. So, if you haven’t read Ghost, I highly suggest you read it before starting Patina. It is fine if you decide to start with the second book, but I don’t want Ghost’s story to be spoiled for you.

Patina picks up right where Ghost left off, at the start line of Ghost’s race. This time, however, Patty (Patina), another one of the newbies on the Defenders track team, is narrating the story. I fell in love with Patty. She is so sincere, compassionate, protective, and loving, but she also has a tough side that can get her into trouble. Much like Ghost, Patty’s family life is complicated. She lives with her aunt and uncle but also helps to take care of her mother and sister. Running is one thing in her life that she feels like she has to do—I won’t tell you why, you’ll have to go read the book! But running also helps her feel a semblance of normal. I loved learning more about the other runners on the Defenders, seeing them build on their teamwork and trust in one another. This book exceeded my expectations! I cannot wait for the next two installments in this series.

Verdict: This is a wonderful story about overcoming obstacles, learning to face your problems, and trusting your teammates.

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