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Praise for The Black Kids
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
RECEIVED THREE STARRED REVIEWS!
* “Incredibly nuanced…An excellent addition to all teen collections with a relatable main character who will lead readers through this heated moment in time.”—School Library Journal, starred
* “Christina Hammonds Reed’s debut novel, The Black Kids, is set in 1992 but has a timeliness that often feels uncanny…Reed addresses experiences common to Black teens in both 1992 and 2020 with grace and nuance. Her sentences are searingly beautiful…This is a striking debut that fearlessly contributes to ongoing discussions of race, justice and power.”—BookPage, starred
* “Reed's stark account of the limitations Black communities have historically faced in the United States, regardless of socioeconomic status, is an answer to the calls for equity and racial justice that for too long have been ignored.”—Shelf Awareness, starred
“A timely exploration of ’90s Los Angeles during racial upheaval and one girl's awakening.”—Kirkus Reviews
“I’ve never read a book that so aptly delves into the harrowing shift from black girl to black woman, while chronicling one of the most resounding examples of systemic racism in recent American history. Should be required reading in every classroom.”—Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin
“Infused with honesty, heart, and humor, The Black Kids is a true love letter to Los Angeles, highlighting the beauty and flaws of the city, and the people who call it home.”—Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of Little & Lion
“A brilliantly poetic take on one of the most defining moments in Black American history.”—Tiffany D. Jackson, author of Grown and Monday’s Not Coming
About the Author
- ASIN : B084G9D6JP
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (August 4, 2020)
- Publication date : August 4, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 4949 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 367 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,179 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ashley really struggles with the messages that she is told about being a girl with an additional layer of being a Black girl. "First things first: be pretty. Never take up too much space; your breasts, arms, lips, hips, thighs, and even your nose should be just so. If your body should spill over just so or not quite fill it up, well, honestly, I don't know what to tell you. Just don't. Be a good girl, but not too good; nobody likes that girl. Laugh, but not too loud; you'll make them nervouse. No, don't be sour, never that, even if you're having a bad day, month, year, life. Be smart, but never smarter than; or they'll think you're uppity. Be more. Yes, that's it! Practice! Dream! Rise! Wait, not so high, girl! Those stars, they aren't meant for you."
Ashley goes to an elite private high school in LA. And she is also Black. There are other Black Kids at her high school, but they are mostly on scholarships for sports or academics. Ashley is there because she is wealthy. She hangs out with the white kids and doesn't really think much about it until she starts a rumor about one of the Black Kids. She knows almost immediately that it is bad. But she doesn't know how to fix it. After Ashley's friends find out a secret about her, they turn against her. The only person who is there for her is LaShawn and LaShawn is the boy that she started a rumor about.
The Black Kids really is the epitome of drama in high school in the 90s. I loved all the nostalgia as a 90s girl!
One of the things that really struck me was that nothing has changed much since the Rodney King beating. "When activists argued that choke holds were proving to be unnecessarily deadly force, Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates actually said this about how Blacks and Latinos responded to choke holds: 'We may be dinging that in some blacks when it is applied, the veins or arteries fo not open up as fast as normal people'. Normal People."
"Bill Cosby appeared via a prerecorded PSA and tells the rioters to stop what they're doing and watch the final episode of The Cosby Show on NBC. ... It's condescending as hell. Even to me. And I'm not burning anything here in my living room overlooking the ocean."