Book Review/’Front Desk’ – Lewiston Sun Journal
By Kelly Yang
Front Desk was published in 2018, and I knew straight away that it was a beautiful, multi-layered story that everyone should read. At the time, I was in an adult reading group, but when it was my choice to choose the book, I chose reception. It starts off slow, but once you get to know Mia and her family and friends, you’re hooked.
Mia is a smart girl with a somewhat unusual lifestyle. She lives in a motel. It might sound like she’s constantly on vacation, but nothing could be further from the truth. She helps her parents with their business, goes to school, and also helps take care of her aunts and uncles. However, she also has to put up with an annoying classmate who intentionally tries to make things difficult for her. Will she be able to balance it all out? If you like a suspenseful story with a cast of interesting characters, give this one a try. And if you like this book, there are now two more books in this series.
I found Reception an intriguing and ultimately uplifting story. It shows how smart children can be and, if supported, what great solutions to problems large and small they can come up with.
Learn more at the author’s website: https://www.kellyyang.com/.