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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Fifteen-year-old Kalamiti Sol lives a hard life with the members of The Crew, a group of young teenagers who commit petty crimes to survive on the streets of Chicago. However, her life turns upside down when she's sent to juvenile prison for stealing a car. After spending her sixteenth birthday in juvie, Kalamiti's grandmother, Nonna, picks her up and takes her to her home in San Jose, California. Soon, Kalamiti finds herself enrolled in high school, and after a period of acclimatization, shows particular expertise in playing the piano. When one of her best friends from The Crew, Lucas, returns to her life, she develops feelings she never thought she had before. The Girl with No Sol is a young adult slice-of-life novel by Karen Vega.
If well-written coming-of-age stories are some of your favorite books to read, you're going to love The Girl with No Sol. Author Karen Vega tells a grounded tale of a young teen's struggles with life on the streets and afterward her acclimatization into mainstream society that tugs at your heartstrings and keeps you riveted until the end. This is a character-driven drama that feels authentic because the narrative is layered and nuanced. Kalamiti is an immensely likable protagonist who doesn't take much time winning you over with her wit, charm, and kind heart. Her relationships with her friends and family provide the narrative thrust to the story. I particularly enjoyed the scenes involving Kalamiti, Lucas, and Nonna. The Girl with No Sol is a tale about growing up that I highly recommend to anyone who loves slice-of-life stories.