I know something happens between the time our mothers and fathers and teachers and mentors send us out into the world telling us, "The world is yours," and "You are beautiful," and "You can be anything," and the time we return to them-Renée Watson.
Friends, I feel so blessed. I’ve been short of time to interact for a while now. But today...today, I am talking about a book I otherwise wouldn’t have come across. Curtesy of this present by @bloomsburypublishing I’m reviewing a YA read. .
This is a quick read, a deep emotional jog through identity obstacles of teenage-hood. Whilst the themes aren’t new, they are apt & presented in a tone of jaunty expression. Fitting too, as it is set in the inner city which embodies the “essence of urban culture”.
Jade is a confident, head strong protagonist. A role model in the true sense of the word, with the perceptiveness of a young woman ready to tackle the world. Except, there are unforeseen & often complex ideas of identity that confront her. From body image to food & friendship. It’s all there.
I thought it a very rare quality in a teenager, making her dangerously enigmatic. The nuanced expressions of a “strong black woman” were as diverse as they were valid. Mostly explored through the adults in Jade’s life. All of them revealing layers & nuances of being an African American or even a white American trying to get on with one such woman.
By far the best thing about this book was it’s tone of optimistic speculation. Amidst all the angst & obstacles we just know that Jade will be alright. Also I appreciated the connection to political interest, which was developed through Jade. It makes it seem inevitable which for some people it is.
This was a wonderful break to all the theoretical books I’ve been reading lately. It might just do the same for you. For some, I’d say it’s a bit of a MUST read. .
Star rating: ★★★★
Published by: Bloomsbury
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