Title: Hard To Breathe
Genre: YA Contemporary/ pinch of magical realism
Sixteen-year old half-Black/ half-Greek Mo Anestis is shocked when he receives an unexpected gift from his estranged father that’s intended to help with Mo’s insomnia. Except, the trial version of the iPod app propels Mo into a semi-conscious, lucid dream-like state, in which his abilities are limitless, even when he's awake.
Using the app, Mo makes the basketball team and leads them to a tournament championship over a nationally ranked powerhouse. But not everyone is impressed with Mo’s success. A teammate threatens to expose Mo’s secret for the good of the team.
Mo’s Cinderella existence runs thin when the app stops working, however. Everything he holds dear unravels. Mo must either come to grips with all he’s lost or call his dad for the latest version of the app. Except, Mo would rather chew glass and walk over burning coals than ask his father for anything.
Dreams are like sunsets, beautiful and fleeting.