Christina's Reviews > Dan Unmasked
Jan 18, 2020
Sometimes friends finish each other’s sentences, but thirteen-year-old best friends, Dan and Nate, sometimes need no words at all. They’re so in sync on and off the baseball field that a certain look or gesture speak volumes, but when Nate falls into a coma, Dan would do anything to hear his voice again. Chris Negron’s moving debut, DAN UNMASKED (7/28/20), is an exploration of guilt, grief, anxiety, determination, and hope through a devastating accident. Paired with the baseball theme, this riveting story also uses comics to drive the plot and spotlight the incredible bond between friends. As Dan narrates in his candid, relatable voice, you’ll feel for him and Nate’s little brother, Ollie, as they cope with missing their superhero—Nate is the friend everyone wishes they had. While I teared up a few times (alright, maybe sobbed), but this book isn’t weighed down with sadness. In fact, there is plenty of exciting action, some mystery, and a bit of comic relief among all of the endearing characters. While it is an unique and imaginative way of dealing with sorrow, it all felt very real and touched my heart immensely. Impossible to forget, DAN UNMASKED should fly high on your radar because it has something for everyone to bring out the superhero in all of us.
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