Review: Jason Reynolds Offers Daring, Relatable Character In Patina

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Patina Jones “ain’t no junk” as her mother likes to say. She is brave, smart, and kind. And she’s a great runner.

In fact, she is the fastest girl on her track team, the Defenders. But she is devastated when she gets second place at a race.

Patina, or Patty, is the main character in Patina, by Jason Reynolds. In the book, she hopes she will make up for her loss when her coach chooses her and three other girls for a relay race. But things go wrong when Patty and one of her teammates get into a fight and almost gets kicked off the team.

This book is about a girl struggling with a lot of family problems and teasing from girls at her new school. Through all this, Patty must learn that she is someone special and she  truly “ain’t no junk.”

I liked this book because the author made the characters very relatable. Just like Patty, I love to run. I run 5Ks and am pretty competitive. Also, my grandmother is going through cancer. It is sad and scary, just like how Patty’s aunt Momly had a concussion and her mother lost her leg because of a diabetes. That was pretty traumatic for Patty.

I also liked that the the book left off at a cliffhanger, so it made me want to read the next book in the Track series, Sunny.  (Patina is the second book in a four-part series.)

I recommend Patina to readers who have read the first book in the series, Ghost. Also, runners like me will like reading about this daring girl. Anyone ages nine and up might enjoy this book.

This book was pretty good. I rate it 3 out of 4 roses.

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