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Getting in Where One Doesn't Fit in
on September 25, 2003
With the limited number of African American texts which feature diversity in terms of sexual identity politics, I was hoping for this new piece to do more. As a member of a women's reading circle, I suggested this book as the required reading for our group's September selection. All of the eight members of our group were disappointed. We were looking for a strong, intelligent, and positive protagonist in Kyla. Instead, Kyla's character was constructed as a sexually confused young woman who suffered from psychological emptiness and sought a cure for those issues through her sexuality. The letdown of such a character is that the author was successful in helping to maintain the ideologies regarding gays and lesbians as mentally confused individuals. The carelessness from which this book was written hurts would-be people like the 26 year-old Kyla who truly wrestle with identity politics within a hostile environment. I am saddened by this author's lack of effort.