Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now” by Dana L. Davis is a wonderfully complex YA novel about a girl from Chicago dealing with her mother’s death who moves to California to be with her biological father when there’s another man claiming to be her father.
The story starts with Tiffany Sly, a 16-year-old from Chicago, arriving at LAX in Los Angeles to meet the father she never knew. Instead a driver is there to pick her up to whisk her away to Simi Valley where her wealthy doctor father and his family lives. During the ride, Tiffany’s anxiety revs up and has been up since her mother died from cancer. Once she arrives at the home, she meets her new stepmom and four other sisters she didn’t know about. After meeting her father, who’s fair-skinned with blue eyes, she’s doubtful about the genetic connection with her dark brown skin. Then she recalls how another man, whom she believes she looks like including the complexion, had showed up at her apartment in Chicago the day before claiming to be her father, too. He even threatens legal action in a week, so Tiffany has a week to see if her California life will work in that matter of time before coming clean to her new family.
The characters are very likable and realistic. Tiffany’s anxiety feels real as she’s scared to get in cars and get on planes with fear penetrating her thoughts and actions. The family’s religious beliefs as Jehovah’s Witnesses collides with Tiffany’s newfound atheism, and she explores what it means to have faith and compassion with her new neighbor, Marcus McKinney, she’s not allowed to hang out with.
Overall, it’s an intricate portrait of a girl trying to find where she fits in with her new family and new life.
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