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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
In the Case of Understanding by Sudipta Quabili is a coming of age story about five friends and a last minute trip to Atlantic City. Marie, Nick, Jemma, Neena, and John each spend a single night facing their fears and acknowledging their desires. But will the night end with youthful abandon or lead to uncertainty or regret? When the group heads home, they plan to leave behind their wild night of youthfulness (what happens in Atlantic City stays in Atlantic City). However, when an enemy of the group is found dead, the group must reexamine their night in Atlantic City and reevaluate what it means for them to grow up and experience the last few days of high school. When one of the group is accused of the murder, it becomes even more important for the group to stick together and realize exactly what friendship means and what it takes to become a true adult.
This was a really fascinating book with a thought provoking concept that many readers will relate to and understand. In fact, one of the best things about this story is its ability to connect with the reader. All of the characters are interesting and true to life, so readers will understand their motivations and desires, as well as their fears and goals and mistakes. Even the premise makes sense, because most readers (adult and teen) can understand the idea of being afraid of growing up and what it means to be a real adult.