This quirky tale of families and hometowns is hilarious and endearing. The storyline is unpredictable; just when it looks like all hope is lost, Precious throws a curve ball. Readers will be on their toes all the way through, and the illustrative writing enables them to picture each and every antic.

Jeannie is the youngest of the five Thompson children from Muskegon, Mich. Because of the quirkiness of her family and the town itself, she has made the deliberate decision to keep her family completely separate from her new life as an advertising executive for a movie studio in Los Angeles. This proves increasingly difficult as she misses important family outings and puts off an engagement to her longtime boyfriend, Aiden. (MORROW, Feb., 432 pp., $13.99)
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B. Nakia Garner