Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
It is 1977 and Nora is excited to finally finish high school and get on with her life. She doesn’t much like school (except shop class) and her younger brother is mixing with drug dealers and thieves. Her mother can’t control him and doesn’t really try. There’s a serial killer on the loose in New York and once the summer hits a massive blackout leads to a major crime spike in the city.
Poor Nora. I really felt for her throughout this book and when she finally starts making some good choices about her future I cheered for her. Pick this book up to read some historical fiction about a resilient girl trying to get her life together in New York City.