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Substitute Me by Lori L. Tharps
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Feb 23, 11

Read from February 14 to 22, 2011

Substitute Me is the story of Kate, Brad, Ollie and Zora.

Kate is getting ready to return to work and wants the perfect person to watch her son, Ollie. Brad is ambivalent to the process.

Kate meets Zora and hires her right away.

Seems like a simple story of a working mother and her family. Really, this book takes on some racial issues as Kate is white and Zora is African-American. This book also addresses issues of wealth and expectations from opportunities given.

I was a little disappointed that the book took the cliche turn of the nanny and dad having an affair. It was almost to easy to see coming.

Overall, Lori Tharps took on some issues that most people do not like to discuss and weaved them into a story many people actually live.
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