Title: Off Track
Author: Tamika Gibson
Genre: YA, Coming of Age
Publication Date: November 20, 2020
Kayla Francis has a one-track mind. Well, two tracks really—athletics and her family. With unrelenting drive and laser focus, she’s on the brink of track and field glory and getting her family out of poverty. So, her teammate, Joel de Freitas, even as his wide smile and penetrating gaze sneak beneath her defenses, is just a distraction. And determined to prove to everyone he’s more than just some golden boy, Joel has his own demons to outrun.
Yet not even hopes of athletic stardom can keep Joel and Kayla cocooned from the crime, abuse and violence permeating their community and threatening to derail their dreams. Because in life, sometimes you get thrown off track.
Off Track is an intense yet wistful and ultimately inspiring novel. It tackles growing up, crime, migration, family and love. While grounded in a Caribbean reality, it explores the ways in which expectations and aspirations may turn into burdens we carry and hurdles to overcome.