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- Print Length: 184 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lucky Bat Books (August 10, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010N7R502
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author Jacci Turner takes our world and flips it around - creating an America where black people hold the power and white people are the minority experiencing daily prejudice and disadvantage.
The author herself admits that it was scary to write - and that she was wary of making the conversation about race worse rather than better.
Aimed at a young adult audience, the story follows Ann, a young white woman as she joins a new school.
In this world, the white population was drastically reduced by illness during the times when black people were kept as slaves. Seizing the opportunity, the slaves staged a revolution - and a different America was born.
Ann finds herself navigating this world, where white children are shunned, where jobs are given to others because of their black skin, where car doors are locked as she walks by and where the possibility of friendship with black children is an invitation to be hurt physically and emotionally.
It's a story of abuse and the multitude of microaggressions that victims of prejudice have to experience on a daily basis - and how they can sometimes push people over the edge of what they can tolerate.
I suspect this book would best suit those who have not explored racial discrimination to a great level yet - a book that might open their minds to the problems so many face in our own world because of the colour of their skin, and it is a book that will bring out some loud criticism from some quarters for not being more in-depth in that discussion. That said, it is a starting point, and for that it deserves great credit. If this leads readers to discover a Jacqueline Woodson, an Angie Thomas or a Renee Watson, then it's all the better for that.
I imagine a book like this would be very difficult to write since no one single perspective would satisfy all potential audiences. I thought the treatment of racial issues was heavy-handed. From the way it’s written, I think it’s directed for and suited to a particular audience—young adults, who might never have considered the aggregate of subtle things that significantly impact people of different demographic groups. There are discussion questions at the end and some suggestions for reading on racial issues. This is a book worth reading.
Ms. Turner has taken a basic concept that is unfortunately very real even today, and turned it around to excellent effect. Having grown up a white female in a predominantly black and Hispanic society (Miami), echoes of my childhood came through in the very believable and engaging characters within this book. It flowed well, had great plot structure, and was well-edited.
Ann is the protagonist. Her insecurities, fears, and determination was poignant. Her discovery of other worlds – the world of her friend Jim, of Imani, of the Quakers – lead her down a new path, a path her family had tread before, though she didn’t realize it. It is true, if you have something to fight for you are stronger than before.
Though this book was geared towards young adults, anyone reading it could garner some insight from the tale. I highly recommend it.
The main character, Ann, is a white minority in a United States post "Great White Sickness." She shops in the ethnic section.
I give this book 4 stars for it's plot, development, prose, pacing, etc. I liked it. It flowed well and was enjoyable.
I give this book 5 stars for its force, originality and potential impact on our society. Everyone who cares about current race relations in the US should give it a read. Put yourself in someone else's shoes in someone else's reality.
Kudos to Jacci Turner for the bravery to imagine and create such a book.
Top international reviews
This book is both thought provoking and hesrt breaking...but also, very well written. You feel for Ann and the struggles she faces everyday, being a minority. As the story goes on you can see the boundaries being pushed , and is what makes this story hit home.
I found everything about the story was tackled well...tactfully. I felt very invested in the characters, some more than others. I couldn't invest myself in the bullies.
This is a read that I highly recommend...and it deserves every one of the 5 stars I have given it.