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18 year old Xavier, Valerie’s biracial son, has a bright future ahead of him, but will that future be threatened when the “perfect” white family moves into the new house behind them? Or, will young (and blind) love prevail?
I liked how at the beginning and end of most of the chapters, the neighbors acted as narrators (like in a play) weighing in on everything happening in the story. It was foreboding and ominous and helped to move the story along. This timely book was chock full of racist and misogynist views, and oooooh did it rile me up. I was so angry at one point that I almost didn’t want to finish it. But finish it I did, and it broke my heart. “This was a good neighborhood, damn it, this kind of thing doesn’t happen here.” But, oh it can, and it does. If you loved this one and want to read more about racial injustice in the US, then I would highly recommend Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (5 stars). Location: North Carolina
I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.