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Lives of Our Own

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Shawna and Kari have nothing in common -- except maybe a brother or sister they've never knownDessina, Georgia, is culturally a world apart from Denver, Colorado, as Shawna Riley discovers practically on her first day of junior year. The new girl in school, she seems sophisticated and worldly to her classmates -- but that doesn't help her make friends. In fact, enemies are ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Dutton Juvenile
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As far as teen books go, they rarely deal with issues like racism. This was a breath of fresh air in a genre dominated by "Nothing matters except love."
I found myself interested in the characters and their lives. The plot was continuous enough not to get boring, and it had that special something that makes you want to keep reading.
My one criticism was that there were a lot of characters to keep track of, and I got mixed up on who was who a few times.
I admire books that can deal with the sticky
It was nice and had a good story plot although I think it worsened towards the end. Overall, it was a quick read and I found the issues that the book tackled were interesting.
Liz Chapman
An interesting YA read about race relations and being a teenager in Georgia. I sometimes wonder how close to truth these books are...I've never been in the south and don't know how accurate a portrayal of race relations these things are. So I have no frame of reference for that. But I cared about the characters and what they had at stake, although it felt a wee bit underdeveloped.

(As a random side-note, I always picked this book up to read it upside-down on accident. The cover is deceiving.)
Lives of Our Own is a well-done YA read telling the stories of two high school girls, one black, one white, in a Georgia high school. This study of racism (and of the 1st amendment's affect on social change) has believable characters and though by the end has run out of steam, a mostly interesting plot. This is the first book I have read that tackles the issue of sub-deb clubs in the Deep South and the segregated dances that often spring from them. Well worth a read.
Awesome. A bit harsh for some readers but not for most.
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