Forward Me Back to You
By Mitali Perkins
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019. 432 pgs. Young Adult
Katina King is strong, skilled in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and stands up for herself. When a traumatic event leaves her broken, her mom doesn’t know how to help her. Robin Thornton was adopted from Kolkata, knows nothing about his past, and is reluctant to commit to future plans. When both teens visit India on a service trip to help survivors of human trafficking, they are forced to face the most difficult parts of their lives as they help others overcome their own haunted pasts.
I love this book for the straightforward way it addresses things like sexual assault and the identity crisis of a foreign adoptee. Despite difficulties, the teens find hope and strength as they serve others. The characters are well developed, engaging, and relatable in a variety of ways. Even with such heavy topics, this was a clean read that I could easily recommend to others.