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It’s Time To Go Retro With Sofía Lapuente And Jarrod Shusterman!

It’s Time To Go Retro With Sofía Lapuente And Jarrod Shusterman!

Can you imagine going a day without modern technology? How about going an entire school year without it? That’s what the characters in Sofía Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman’s YA thriller, Retro, have to do as a challenge to win a free ride to any college or university. The stakes are high, but what happens when the safety and privacy of students are at risk?

Let us start by saying this: Retro by Sofía Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman is on point! The writing style is so engaging, and the authors even give us a built-in reading playlist. Each chapter has a throwback song to accompany it, and the story plays out like a cassette tape. (We’re hoping everyone knows what that is…)

It was a pleasure reading Retro by Sofía Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman, so let’s get into three things we love about it!

Book Overview

Content Warnings: attempted suicide, bullying, violence, anxiety, death of a parent (mentioned), animal death, body dysmorphia (mentioned), eating disorders, blood, drugging, abduction (Read at your discretion!)

Summary: It was never meant to happen this way.

Things were never supposed to get this out of hand.

After a cyberbullying incident at her school goes viral, Luna Iglesias finds herself at the heart of a brewing controversy. When the social media company Limbo—who are also implicated in the scandal—sweeps in with an offer that sounds like an opportunity to turn over a new leaf and receive a scholarship to the college of her dreams, she’s happy to jump on the new trend. It’s called the Retro Challenge, where contestants live without modern technology, wear vintage clothes, party as if the future weren’t already written, and fall in love as if they were living in a movie.

At first, the challenge is fun. But then things get dangerous. Kids start disappearing, including Luna’s friends. There are voices in the woods. Bloodred markings on the trees. And Luna increasingly begins to wonder if all these strange happenings are connected with the Retro Challenge.

Secrets. Lies. Betrayal. The weight of her family on her shoulders. There’s so much on the line for Luna, not to mention she’s falling in love with the last guy she expected. Unless she can figure out the truth behind who’s sabotaging the challenge, the next person to disappear may be Luna herself.

The 3-D Characters

If you know us here at THP, you know we love a well-rounded cast of characters! And the authors did an incredible job of fleshing out everyone in Retro. The protagonist, Luna, is loveable, fiery, and loyal. Her ragtag group of friends demonstrates how even people from different backgrounds can build lifelong friendships. But at the same time, each character has their own problems and motives for winning the Retro challenge. Everyone is fighting a battle that readers might not be able to guess.

It Highlights The Importance Of Mental Health

The main conflict in Retro starts with a cyberbullying incident, and we love how the book doesn’t forget about it or invalidate it as the plot progresses. And the characters deal with so many other mental health issues and traumatic events, namely anxiety, death and grief, abandonment, attempted suicide, and eating disorders. The authors tie these issues into the Retro challenge and highlight several characters’ journeys toward acceptance and recovery, starting with seeking psychological help.


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The Commentary On Social Media

In a world where we’re so heavily influenced by what we see on the internet, it’s difficult to find your identity and grow into the person you are meant to be without it. Like many of the characters in Retro, we can develop an unhealthy relationship with social media and place our self-worth on likes and views. But the Retro challenge emphasizes that social media only shows one side of our lives. We’re worth more than our data, Google searches, and online purchases. And going back to the three-dimensional characters, we are strong, brave, and funny too. We’re all trying to find our place in this world.

Retro by Sofía Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman is out January 24th and is available for preorder here!

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