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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Stuck by Diane Windsor is a YA fiction novel to break your heart and make you smile. It begins with the lifelong friendship of Cassidy and Angie, friends since they were little girls. Both are juniors in high school now, with fun on their minds and the world ahead of them. Angie hopes a scholarship will get her to college but is blindsided by a diagnosis of leukemia. Cassidy promises to be with her until the medical crisis is over and Angie is cured. This includes being at chemo treatments with her. But Thanksgiving is a turning point for Cassidy, as she realizes something is going on with her throat--a tickle--which leads to more heartbreak and hard questions.
This work is emotional and dynamic--perfect for YA audiences who aren't afraid of reading about serious life experiences. But this is far from being on the downside. The friendship between Cassidy and Angie is the glue that holds the story together--the light of this book--and there are as many uplifting moments as there are tearful ones. The angst is well-balanced with upbeat moments that will inspire and entertain you. The characters and situations are highly relatable, the dialogue is natural, and the plot is dramatic. Windsor respects her young characters and the YA audience, never writing down to them, but crafting moments in a realistic, smart way. This novel will make you think as well as feel, and you will grow to care for and respect the characters and what they're facing. Stuck by Diane Windsor should be the one YA novel destined for the screen.