Any debut novel that can make you laugh out loud one minute, then pierce your heart the next, is a debut worth reading. Such is the case with Kayla Rae Whitaker’s The Animators. This fast-paced, exceptionally well-written book tells the story of two friends, Mel and Sharon, who meet in art school and work their way up to cult stardom in the male-dominated world of animation. When it comes to their art and the stories they weave, nothing is off-limits for these women. However, as Mel’s tendency toward self-destruction and Sharon’s unexpected health crisis overwhelm the equilibrium of their partnership, the bonds formed in friendship and in business will be fully put to the test. This book is so authentically crafted it’s a perfect companion for a weekend getaway.