Author of CONFETTI GIRL
Early Praise for CHOKE
"An urgent and necessary story, 'Choke' also presents a realistic portrait about the pressures of belonging and how troubled peers can speak louder than good parenting and even wise friends. Though the novel exposes a frightening practice, it does so without reprimand or alarm, but rather through a sensitive tale about how young people make mistakes and attempt to correct them." Rigoberto González – El Paso Times
"López, a former middle school teacher writing from personal experience, weaves facts about the choking game into her story . . . an educational, issue-driven read that could be a useful discussion starter."
About the Book
If she could—if her parents would let her—eighth-grader Windy would change everything about herself. She’d get highlights in her hair and a new wardrobe; she’d wear makeup. But nothing ever changes. The mean girls at school are still mean, and Windy’s best friend, Elena, is still more interested in making up words than talking about boys.
And then one day, Windy gets the change she’s been looking for. New girl Nina—impossibly cool, confident, and not afraid of anyone—starts hanging out with Windy! Nina even wants to be “breath sisters.” Windy isn’t sure what that means exactly, but she knows she wants to find out. It sounds even better than a BFF.Windy is right, at first. Being a breath sister gains her a whole new set of friends—girls she feels closer to and cooler with than anyone else. But her inclusion comes at a dangerous price. Windy wants to change everything about her life...but is she really willing to give up everything in the process?