A “ticking-clock” plot keeps readers of all ages engaged in a story. The premises of two 2021 debut young adult novels sound similar at first glance: an unknown bully broadcasts the protagonists’ personal, private “to-do” lists to the entire school with mortifying and surprising results. Each story has a suspenseful countdown and themes of identity, intersectionality, and navigating a first romance, but with very different settings and characters. Teen readers will cheer them on and relate to their discoveries.
Lenz, Kristin Bartley
"Sweet Romance and a Ticking-Clock-Plot: Two Novels for Exploring Identity and Intersectionality,"
Michigan Reading Journal: Vol. 54:
2, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/mrj/vol54/iss2/13