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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
In Not My Fault, S.B. Frasca tells the story of Hy, an underprivileged sophomore student who sees the unfairness and cruelty in her community. Unlike some of the other students her age, Hy chooses to express her feelings through her art, adopting a “Not My Fault” tag. As she communicates her emotions through her work, from graffiti on a bandshell to a cover piece on hate speech, she begins to transform, morphing her physical appearance to represent her artistic tendencies. A terrible accident, unfortunate death, and a reunion with a past family member threaten her new mental and emotional image, but Hy embraces her unlikely friends and art to cope with her situation.
S.B. Frasca has written a book that covers the emotional highs and lows of every teen, whether their flaws are on the surface or covered by expensive clothes and status. Whether they’ve been the bully or the subject of ridicule, readers will sympathize with Hy and love the descriptions of her art pieces. As her character grows, so does her art and her satisfaction as she reveals it. Even though the artist’s identity is unknown, the community supports Hy’s work and extends their appreciation to others on social media. Despite her notoriety, Hy is humble and reflects noble qualities, even though she could sink to the level of her teenage bullies. Not My Fault is a great selection for young adults and teens who may need encouragement after they’ve been oppressed or for experienced readers who enjoy all-inclusive young adult selections.