Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
It has been a long hot summer here in DC. But, in Burn Baby Burn, Nora's summer is just beginning. It's 1977 and she's just about to turn 18 and graduate. She and her best friend Kathleen have been planning on having the best summer of their lives with plenty of dancing all night. But of course things do not go as planned. Instead of staying out until the early morning hours, Kathleen is under a strict curfew because her parents are extremely on edge after a string of murders of young women in their city turn out to be connected.
On top of being scared of becoming a serial killer's next victim, Nora also doesn't feel much like going out because her brother Hector can't seem to stop getting into worse and worse trouble. It starts with skipping school and shoplifting, but she doesn't feel great about his collection of Zippo lighters or his shorter and shorter temper.
Nora is supposed to be getting ready to start the next chapter in her life but first she'll have to deal with the summer.
This is a book that will suck you in from page one. You'll feel like you're right there with Nora on the streets of NYC. It's historical fiction that feels like it could easily be happening today. Pick it up and be ready to read it all night, I couldn't put it down.