Like Home by Louisa Onomé
A poignant and incandescent debut that explores the bonds of community and what it really means to change
Chinelo — or Nelo, as her best friend, Kate, calls her — is all about her neighbourhood, Ginger East. She loves its chill vibe, its ride-or-die sense of community and the memories she has of growing up there. Ginger East isn't what it used to be, though. After a deadly incident at the local arcade, most of Nelo's friends, except for Kate, have moved away. But as long as the two girls have each other, Nelo's good.
Then Kate's parents' corner store is vandalized, leaving Nelo shaken to her core. The police and the media are quick to point fingers, and soon more of the outside world descends upon Ginger East with promises to "fix the neighbourhood." Suddenly, Nelo finds herself in the middle of a drama that is unfolding on a national scale.
Worse yet, Kate has begun acting strange. She's pushing Nelo away at the exact time they need each other most. Nelo's entire world is morphing into something she hates, and she must figure out how to get things back on track or risk losing everything — and everyone — she loves. (From HarperTeen)
Louisa Onomé is a Nigerian Canadian living in Toronto. Based in Toronto, Like Home is her debut YA novel.