The protagonist, Stella, is a senior in high school. In first-person narrative, she begrudgingly recounts the last two weeks of her senior year, mixing in flashbacks when appropriate. Her memories reveal her idyllic childhood, a world that was picture perfect until the day her parents died. The circumstances of their death may surprise you, as may Stella's plans as graduation approaches. Appearances can be deceiving; how people view a person and how said person views herself can be devastatingly different.
Andrea Siegel's debut novel will make readers laugh one moment and shudder the next. Like the Red Panda is mostly related in thoughts, leaving a unique taste in the mouths of readers as they get inside the mind of Stella.
I frequently recommend this title, which was published in the adult fiction/literature section, to adults and older teens. (In other words, due to the subject matter, this book is not for the tween crowd.)
If you liked Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn, As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway, or perhaps even Looking for Alaska by John Green, you'll love Like the Red Panda.
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