In the Key of Us by Mariama J. Lockington

In the Key of Us

Mariama J. Lockington

288 pages first pub 2022 (editions)

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ middle grade challenging emotional reflective medium-paced


From the author of For Black Girls Like Me, which received five starred reviews and multiple accolades, comes a middle-grade novel about first love, loss, and letting go.In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Andi is grappling with grief following the death o...

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Community Reviews Summary of 61 reviews


emotional 96%
hopeful 60%
reflective 53%
inspiring 43%
sad 36%
adventurous 26%
challenging 26%
funny 13%
lighthearted 6%
dark 3%
relaxing 3%
tense 3%


medium 76%
fast 16%
slow 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 69% | A mix: 26% | Plot: 3%

Strong character development?

Yes: 96% | It's complicated: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 96% | It's complicated: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 96% | It's complicated: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 12%

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