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Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma
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Dani Noir
by Nova Ren Suma
Not many teenagers have a taste for old-school movies with actors like Humphrey Bogart, Rita Hayworth, and Bette Davis, but Dani does. The Little Art Theater is her hang out—when times get tough, and they are tough for Dani—everyone knows she can be found there, curled up with her buttery popcorn getting lost in the big screen. She has reason to want to escape, her best friend moved away, her Dad cheated on her mom, and something is up with her friend Jackson who runs the movies from the projectionist booth. Anyone whose parents have divorced can relate to this novel. Dani is angry, and rightly so. I mean, aren't adults, and especially parents, supposed to be the ones who make the right choices, the moral choices? Aren't adults supposed to care more about their kids than themselves? And, if your own friends can't be trusted who can be? This novel will open the eyes of those who are in Dani's situation; and while Dani Noir may not be a summer blockbuster, it's a quiet little novel that deserves at least a bowl or two of buttery popcorn.

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