Mannequin Girl by Ellen Litman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Disappointing. Very disappointing.
When I think of scoliosis and coming-of-age, my mind (because I'm old) goes to Judy Blume's Deenie. This book, set in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, doesn't replace that association. If anything, there's less here about both the scoliosis and about life in Moscow than there should be. For younger readers, those who came of age after the wall fell and Yeltsin took over, there are things that just won't make sense, like the endless lines for things or the specialized schools or how difficult intellectuals or Jews (or Jewish intellectuals) had it.
What could have been a good both about either ended up being a bland blend.