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Lives of Our Own

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  4 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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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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