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Watch Over Me

by Nina LaCour

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Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour
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    Sep 2020, 272 pages

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Rory L. Aronsky
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A teenager with a traumatic past finds a new life and a surrogate family on a farm where the ghosts of the past are both literal and metaphorical.

In the vast, kaleidoscopic multiverse of plot devices, one type that always pulls me right in is what I call the Immediate Journey. The novelist introduces the main character in a scant few pages with a smidge of the history that led them to this point (imparting a whiff of mystery designed for us to follow the rest of the story out of curiosity), and then they're off, with the reader experiencing their new physical and emotional territory right alongside them.

In Watch Over Me, the protagonist is Mila, a recent high school graduate and four-year foster care veteran who's interviewed by Nick Bancroft, the adopted son of prolific foster parents Terry and Julia. They run a farm that's 45 minutes from Mendocino, California, and Mila is chosen not only to live there and share in the responsibilities as its newest intern, but also to teach the foster children. When she arrives, there is ...

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