DANNY CONSTANTINO’S FIRST (AND MAYBE LAST?) DATE, by Paul Acampora, Dial Books, July 14, 2020, Hardcover, $16.99 (ages 9-12)
I don’t know exactly what I was expecting from Paul Acampora’s Danny Constantino’s First (And Maybe Last?) Date, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. And what I got was delightful.
The story centers around Danny Constantino who asks his old friend to his local school dance and homecoming parade.
See, Natalie Flores Griffin is not a Hollywood movie star, and it’s Danny’s friend’s sister who asks for Danny.
Without his permission.
Much to everyone’s surprise — especially Danny’s — Natalie says yes.
Soon Danny’s “love life” is at the center of social media. Natalie is Cuper Cove’s hometown hero, and everyone wants a piece of her, including Danny’s mom, who wants to use Natalie as free publicity for her mayoral campaign.
Danny’s got his work cut out for him … if only he can figure out what he wants.
Danny Constantino’s First (And Maybe Last?) Date is a breath of fresh air. It’s bright. It’s funny. It’s fast-paced. It’s just the kind of book to get you out of Pandemic Funk No. 326.
Danny and his friends practically jump off the page. Their quirky personalities combine to make a friend mashup one can only dream of.
Paul Acampora’s wit permeates the text, leaving you wanting for more.
I read Danny Constantino’s First (And Maybe Last?) Date in one sitting, and I’d happily go back and read it again tomorrow.
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