The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly -- Soledad and her little sister Dominga moved to America with their father and stepmother, but their father went back to the Philippines for a visit and never returned. Now Sol and Ming live in a small apartment with their abusive stepmother. Ming hopes for rescue by Aunt Jovelyn, an imaginary relative that their mother used to tell them stories about, but Sol knows that the two of them will have to save themselves. Can she find a way to make Ming's summer magical?
story has some lovely elements, like the relationship between the
sisters, but it never completely came together for me. There were jumps
in the plot that had me going back to see if I missed something, and
threads were left dangling that I wanted to see tied up. It's a
promising novel, and readers looking for stories with diverse
protagonists should keep it in mind, but I wouldn't recommend it across
(Reviewed from an advance copy, courtesy of the publisher.)