If you’re looking for a great YA mystery with incredible representation, you’ve come to the right place.
I could not believe how seamlessly The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester addressed so many things. Sam is a non-binary teen with autism adopted by a single, black, asexual father. They’ve dealt with extreme bullying leading to a near-death experience, which prompts a move to a more accepting city. They unintentionally move into a house which is the location of a 30-year cold case resulting in the mysterious death of a teenager that Sam has researched in the past. Sam’s father, Junius desperately wants to protect his child, though Sam and Junius are both painfully aware that Sam will always be unsafe. The emotions running through the narrative are almost tangible as Sam and Junius navigate this new town and new school, unable to escape their past completely.