These Books Aren't All New??

Books are expensive. I tend to pick and review books that are both new & old. Many of these books you will be able to find on the shelves on your library as opposed to the front of your bookstore.

I believe that there are many hidden gems from years gone by & I enjoy highlighting those as well as today's best sellers.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Black Girl Next Door, by Jennifer Baszile

Jennifer Baszile and her sister grew up in wealthy suburbs of California, where they were generally the only black family in the neighborhood.

Tormented in school and having the outside of their house painted with racial slurs seem like standart protocol in the racially charged 70's, but the story is uneven.

Her father who is made to be a hero in the beginning of the book turns into a cheating abuser suddenly later in the book.

The story deals with bad dating situations, her feelings of ugliness next to her sister, "the pretty one", and eventually her escape from her overbearing home situation when she leaves for college.

I wouldn't call this book a waste of time, but I wouldn't go out of your way to find it either

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