The Signs and Wonder of Tuna Rashad 

Written by Natasha Deen 
Published by Running Press (Hachette Book Group) 

A book review by Jordan-Anne (18)

The Signs and Wonder of Tuna Rashad

The main character is a powerhouse; always reminding readers that they are the main actors in their lives, and that life is meant to be lived.

Hi Jordan-Anne! Can you tell us what this book is about?

The novel follows the life of a superstitious teenage girl. Tuna Rashad is always on the lookout for signs; however, she often takes these hidden meanings too far by using them as reasoning for her well intentioned, yet wild antics. After the loss of someone close to her family and the beginning of a new romance, she desperately turns to these signs and the wisdom of her ancestors for help as she tries to navigate unfamiliar territory.

What do you like about this book?

The author incorporates the main character’s love of screen writing into the story telling to inject a sense of humor so even though the plot deals with grief and deep emotions, the story remains light.

What do you like about the main character?

The main character is a powerhouse; always reminding readers that they are the main actors in their lives, and that life is meant to be lived.

What important messages/themes are present in the story and why would this appeal to a young adult reader?

Being a young adult can be a particularly vulnerable period for many as it is a time of transition. The novel recounts an important message about the necessity for, as well as the courage it takes, to remain open despite challenges.

Who would you recommend this book to?

I would recommend this book to all those 10 years old and older, but especially to those who enjoy romance.

If you could ask the author a question, what would it be?

If I could ask the author a question, I would ask if the signs Tuna perceived had pointed away from getting to know her crush, would she have done it anyway? This book teaches readers that there will always be signs. And when people look at life on the bright side, they can be used as affirming comforts in times of turmoil.

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