Author: Edward Bloor
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Do you like soccer, mostly blind adolescents, karma, exciting citrus-based sleepovers, and racial tension? Then Tangerine might be for you. The protagonist, Paul Fisher, plays keeper for his middle school soccer team, despite a mysterious eye injury. He tends to be more observant than the average almost blind person, seeing what adults and others in the community do not see. Paul has a family wrapped up with what he calls The Eric Fisher Football Dream, code for the push to get his brother a scholarship to college based on his football skills. Paul’s circle of friends shifts from the kids in his upper-class, predominantly white neighborhood to a group of Hispanic citrus farming kids with bad-ass soccer skills. Oh, and occasionally Paul whips out a repressed memory, displays honorably admirable characteristics, and is really awful at flirting. The point of all this? I’d call it a coming of age story. Or maybe a coming into your own story. Either way.
Think Nancy Drew meets Bend it Like Beckham for some ice cream and they pick up Remember the Titans on their way home.
I liked it. Not the best descriptive soccer scenes, but my favorite team sport does play a large role in the novel. And it became page turner as I had to know the truth about Paul and Eric’s relationship.