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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Twelfth Grade Hopes and Fears: American High School, #4 is a coming of age novel for young and new adults written by Bruce Ingram. While this is the fourth book in Ingram’s series, he provides enough background information to allow this book to be read and enjoyed as a standalone. It was the final year of high school for seniors Luke, Elly, Marcus, and Mia. Luke was amazed that not only was he graduating, he was also going to go on to college the following year. Now he wanted to get his teaching certificate and teach high school. Elly also had plans to become a teacher after college on the elementary school level. Marcus’s summer job as a museum scribe helped him realize that he had an interest in history. Mia had been working hard at her studies, and her plans for becoming valedictorian and going on to college and then medical school seemed to be coming through.
Bruce Ingram’s Twelfth Grade Hopes and Fears: American High School, #4 is well-written and enthralling. I particularly enjoyed how the author presents each of his characters in the first-person, letting them tell their stories directly to the reader. I also loved following them through the seasons and holidays of that final year of high school and seeing how they resolve issues important to them. Ingram’s characters are well-defined and credible, and they are presented to the reader in a way that makes them approachable and relatable. The passing of the school year keeps the reader involved and wondering what happens next, and I found myself looking forward to time spent reading this book and getting to know the characters in it. Twelfth Grade Hopes and Fears: American High School, #4 is most highly recommended.