When we first picked up our copies of Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now, my mom turned to me after reading the blurb and said, "This would make an amazing movie." Even the book cover looks like a movie poster (does anyone know who the model is?! She's gorgeous!), and just from the tagline -- "She has only seven days to get to know the dad she just met" -- I could guess I was about to read a story filled with twists and turns, and oh boy I was right.
First of all, Tiffany Sly may just be the heroine of the year. She's whip-smart, she's funny, she can play rock classics on the guitar with both eyes closed, and she faces her anxiety with such strength, it made me emotional more than once. She is the 21st century All-American girl. Seriously, WHEN will a production company buy the rights?! Basically, I would be extremely content to have read any story featuring this amazing girl, but luckily, the storyline Dana L. Davis wrote is incredible in itself.
Tiffany's mother has recently passed away after a long battle with cancer, and because her grandmother in Chicago can't take care of her, Tiffany is sent to live with her father. Sounds simple enough, right? Yeah, except she and her father have never met, she discovers he has a dynamic, totally-different-from-Tiffany family out in California (also, spoiler alert, they're Jehovah's Witnesses), AND, on top of it all, there's another man who claims to be Tiff's real dad. Can you say SOAP OPERA?
Tiffany's newfound friend Marcus McKinney can, and does, because even for a boy who's lived a crazy life (seriously, I want to wrap him up in bubble wrap and watch bad movies with him forever), even he thinks this situation is pretty bizarre. Marcus is one of my favorite characters in the book, and I'd be totally down for a spinoff novel about him. Davis' commentary on religion, meditation, and mental health through Marcus is so beautiful and insightful. I won't lie, I'm usually not all that into romantic storylines, but this developed so sweetly and organically that I found myself rooting for them HARDCORE.
Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now is so, so necessary this year. It touches on the women's autonomy, religion, issues of racism and colorism, mental health, LGBT relationships, and so much more. Not only that, but it didn't read preachy in the slightest. It's such a great story that Davis weaving in everything else is just cherries on top for those of us who are always craving more diverse literature. I gave Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now five stars on my Goodreads, and I absolutely recommend it to everyone. Happy reading (oh, and a tip -- definitely listen to some of Tiffany's favorite artists while you read! I personally love Blackbird by The Beatles for this story)!!
Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now comes out May 1, 2018 from Harlequin Teen (Harper Collins) in the US.
Disclaimer: I received a signed advanced readers' copy of Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now at the Texas Library Association Conference 2018. This has in no way affected my rating, review, or opinion of this book. Some of the links in this review are affiliate links.