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Reviewed by Amy Powers for Readers' Favorite
Bacon Pie by Candace Robinson and Gerardo Delgadillo is a young adult novel that contemporary teenagers are sure to enjoy. Lia is a super chill lover of old-school video games. Kiev is a theater geek who just wants to get the role of Horatio in the school performance of Hamlet. The two of them have never been friends, and their paths only cross because of a class they share. When a confrontation between Lia and Kiev gets out of hand, their punishment requires them to work together as volunteers at Piggy Palooza, a local festival that celebrates all things pork. Despising the festival seems to be the one thing that Lia and Kiev have in common, but the more time they spend together, the more they realize that the other one isn't so bad after all.
If you're looking for a cute, quick read that is filled with a diverse cast of characters, Bacon Pie would be perfect for you. The individual problems that Lia and Kiev face in their everyday lives and with their families are relatable yet unique at the same time. I love how Lia has two dads and an interesting living situation, migrating between her dads' apartment and her mom's. Meanwhile, Kiev has a pet armadillo and a single dad who demands that the family speaks only Spanish at home. The story shifts perspectives between Kiev and Lia, and it is fun to see the differences in their personalities and the changes that they each make as the story progresses. I look forward to reading more from Candace Robinson and Gerardo Delgadillo in the future.