Initial Thoughts: Lately, I have been reading a lot of contemporary young adult fiction. When I was in high school, I avoided books that were contemporary and had zero mentions of romance. Even though my tastes tend to be along the lines of fantasy, romance, science fiction, dystopian (and so on), I am always trying to broaden my horizons. I have never read a book like Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now. I was drawn to the book from the title.
I’ve got seven days to come clean to my new dad. Seven days to tell the truth…
For sixteen-year-old Tiffany Sly, life hasn’t been safe or normal for a while. Losing her mom to cancer has her a little bit traumatized and now she has to leave her hometown of Chicago to live with the biological dad she’s never known.
Anthony Stone is a rich man with four other daughters—and rules for every second of the day. Tiffany tries to make the best of things, but she doesn’t fit into her new luxurious, but super-strict, home—or get along with her standoffish sister London. The only thing that makes her new life even remotely bearable is the strange boy across the street. Marcus McKinney has had his own experiences with death, and the unexpected friendship that blossoms between them is the only thing that makes her feel grounded.
But Tiffany has a secret. Another man claims he’s Tiffany’s real dad—and she only has seven days before he shows up to demand a paternity test and the truth comes out. With her life about to fall apart all over again, Tiffany finds herself discovering unexpected truths about her father, her mother and herself, and realizing that maybe family is in the bonds you make—and that life means sometimes taking risks
After losing her mother to cancer, Tiffany Sly is forced to fly across the country to live with her biological Dad, Anthony Stone, a man she has never met. Little does she know, when she arrives in Los Angeles, she discovers that she has four half-siblings and a new stepmother waiting for her. On top of everything else, her new family is Jehovah’s Witness, and Tiffany is agnostic.
When a mysterious man claiming to be her father shows up at her doorstep before she leaves to meet her new family, Tiffany finds out she has one week before this man will demand a paternity test. She has one week to come clean to her new family.
This book took me on a whirlwind of emotions. I couldn’t stand Tiffany’s Dad, Anthony. Even though he did start to become a semi-tolerable human being near the end, his rules and lack of tolerance were just infuriating. I kept imagining myself in Tiffany’s place as a teenager who must surrender her phone every night for inspection by her parents. Other rules created by Tiffany’s father include:
- No dating before age 18. (Not a terrible rule, but it is a little strange)
- No hair extensions even if Tiffany needs them to cover up bald patches due to alopecia
- Each member of the family must participate in one sport.
Tiffany’s father’s rule about sports struck a cord with me. As someone with zero athletic ability, I completely understand Tiffany’s embarrassment about being forced to play basketball (luckily, I wasn’t forced to play basketball in my teens).
Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now also addresses many social issues in depth for a young adult novel such as racism, religion and mental illness among others. Generally, I tend to stay away from books that discuss religion because it is one of those subjects that provoke strong opinions from authors . Usually, these opinions tend to be either strongly for a certain religion or belief system, or strongly against. Although there are many discussions of religion, there isn’t a strong pull in any direction. The characters’ religions (or lack thereof) was never categorized into good and bad, right and wrong. For instance, Tiffany’s new adoptive family is Jehovah’s Witness, while Tiffany herself is agnostic. Eventually, Tiffany and her family begin to meet each other half way in accepting their differing beliefs.
Mental illness is another issue that is discussed throughout the book without being in-your-face. Tiffany has OCD and anxiety. She is afraid of getting into car crashes or plane crashes. Her anxiety is not given the entire spotlight of the book. Instead, it is a component of who she is, which makes her struggles with anxiety very relatable.
I would highly recommend Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now. I really haven’t read any books like this one. It’s very unique and it was a page-turner.
I received an advanced copy of Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now from the Harlequin Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Book
Title: Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now Author: Dana L. Davis Date Published: May 1 2018 Recommended? Yes! Received: Netgalley Genres & Subjects: Fiction, young adult, contemporary, mental illness, grief, people of colour, realistic fiction
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