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Skin Deep
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on June 23, 2015
love this! A+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2014
This is a very compelling book about acceptance of who you are and not what others assume..
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on September 19, 2014
I think I may have found a new author to follow!! Great story line and characters that you fall in love with easily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2014
Good book
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on May 28, 2014
A well written story on the light skin/dark skin thing. Nina an intelligent light skinned blue eyed young woman wants nothing more than to embrace her heritage and be loved from inside out. Life long secrets are revealed in this story.

Kathleen Cross wrote a story that addresses racism and color lines.

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on May 19, 2014
This book was awesome. Little to no errors. This book showed you how the blurred the lines of racism are, but how clear individuals can break the cycle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
Wow! This was an awesome read. It was recommended by a book club, so this was my first time reading any of Ms. Cross' work. And may I say that I have TRULY been missing out. Skin Deep was absolutely PHENOMENAL. No doubt. Period. The story was well crafted. The characters were well-developed. There is symbolism galore, as well as drama and suspense. (With a HUGE twist at the end! I never saw that coming.)
Now to the story: Nina was a complex character, with an interesting perspective on things. She was a beautiful, strong-willed, well-educated woman who came from a strong support system. Her "cross to bear" (if you call it that) is that in addition to her flawless beauty, she is a very fair skinned Black woman with blue eyes. Nina is aware of the special treatment and privileges she receives because of her fair skin, blue eyes, beautiful hair and body, etc. So much so, that she strives for equal opportunities and treatment for herself and others. Her father is a famous African-American musician. But her biological mother, who she knows is white, is a huge secret. A secret that she has spent years trying to find out about; even though she has a wonderful relationship with her Mama who raised her.
While on her crusade for equal minority relations and a MLK holiday at the college campus where she teaches and volunteers, she meets an interesting man named Ahmed and his beautiful daughter, Ebony. She is intrigued by Ahmed, who is totally rude and obnoxious towards her. And she instantly bonds with Ebony- who is desperate for stability and unconditional love, attention and guidance from a woman. The only problem is that Ahmed loathes Nina and what he feels that she is and she represents.
I won't give away anything additional, because I want you to read the book and follow their journey yourself. As other reviews have said, this is a complex but beautiful story. Even though Ms. Cross wrote it many years ago, I believe that the themes and sub-plots are still prevalent today. Outstanding job Ms. Cross! (It was so good that I purchased her second book before I was half way finished with this one.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
I truly enjoyed this book. It spoke volume. To many biracial children has no identity and the struggle that Nina went thru was surreal. This book took you to see both sides and strip away layers that are unspoken. It brings up the debate, Are white treated differently than blacks? Like for instance when the police officer pulled over Ahmad he was profiling him because he was black. You could feel that emotional tug, the Police Officer was very mean to Ahmad right In front of his five year old daughter. Now when Nina was pulled over by an officer she was treated rather fairly and she she was speeding The Officer spoke to her rather nicely and even gave her Direction to where she was speeding to. Nina is biracial but she looks more white than black so most people assumed that she is White. Ahmad and Nina's first encounter was not that easy,he was rude and thought that since she was "white" she was one of "them" having just encounter that__________ cop. She however proved to be a really nice person of than he can talk to and his daughter seems to take to Nina as well. This book broke down layers, It spoke of Volumes it took them to hidden places, and it open theirs eyes to the reality of both has come into. Ahmad and Nina both had many question and They answers that they got was something that they both handled very well. Can I say again I love this book. It has character development, a believable love story and the plot was outstanding. Ahmad story was surreal am sure there are many black men out there that was dealt a bad hand for the color of their skin. He went to jail came out and had to take care of a five year old daughter buried his wife and even as he endured this things he still wanted to be a better man and father. His daughter was a very smart little girl and I think she gave Ahmad the needed strength . Nina had questions about her mother and her dad never wanted to discuss it.I knew when she goes to find out about her past she will not like it. However after things were discovered she did come to terms about her family and that their her family no matter what.Kudos to this author I truly truly enjoyed this book and I surely recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2013
I certainly recommend this book to anyone curious about race relations within the very diverse African American race. Sometimes the prejudices we endure and project on others who share the same race, but happen to be lighter or darker is almost as bad as some of the experiences resulting in relationships with people of other races and cultures. This awesome read peels back the many layers, in a riveting storyline. Kudos to this author for giving us Nina, Ahmad, Tonya (a solid strong sista), Nat, Mama (Evelyn - a strong Black woman), Daddy Mitchell, Ebony, and Dud! I couldn't put the book down...definitely as MUST read! Thank you, Ms. Cross!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
This was a great read from the beginning to the end. Although this was a love story it was very enlightening and actually made me reconsider my opinion of race issues as an African American woman. Great job Ms. Cross.
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