I was worried that Lu,
despite being the last book in the series, would continue the same formula
and tropes of the previous three books, which culminated in my dislike of Sunny. However, while the book reads
very much like all the others (character-focused, with some sort of familial
trouble/angst, and occasional odd quirks), thankfully Reynolds finally ditches
his tired ending that he used three times before and did something new and
fresh with this last book.
The ending is really what pulled this book up for me,
because while it certainly isn’t bad, I couldn’t get into Lu’s head at all,
much like I couldn’t with Sunny. There were moments that shone through, such as
Lu’s softer side and his interactions with his parents, but then there were
other moments that just confused me, like everything with Kelvin and his
mysterious turnaround, as well as the vague descriptions of marks on his arm.
Was Reynolds implying that he was a drug addict, or a victim of domestic
violence, or what? What did the marks on his arms have to do with his bullying,
and why did he stop when they were gone?
However, the ending I loved because it did exactly
what I have wanted these books to do since I read Ghost—it ended with a defining character moment, not some cheap
cliffhanger that doesn’t resolve anything. The ending of this book is fabulous,
if a bit cheesy, and even if I couldn’t really relate to Lu, I still could see
all the ways he grew throughout the book.
The Track series was a bit hit-or-miss for me, but
they have the air and charm that I’m sure kids will love, and I liked that each
book focused on a different person and how unique each character was. I also
really enjoyed the voice and tone of the characters and the style Reynolds has.
I hated the endings, and Sunny was a
low spot, but the other three books, especially Ghost and Patina, are