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Black, White, Other by Joan Steinau Lester
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Oct 09, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: audiobooks, inner-city-youths, read-in-2011, reviewed, unfinished, young-adult
Read from September 24 to October 07, 2011

I really wanted to like this book. I really did, but I just can't finish it. It's heavy handed, obvious and slow.

It's the story of a mixed race girl witnessing her white mothers divorce from her black father. It could be educational, thought provoking and heart-warming. Instead there are layers upon layers of 'race-issues' that are written into a thick nest of 'you-should-be-thinking-about-this' subplots. Instead of giving a us a story that makes us think the writing is a conglomeration of 'issues' put over a simple story - overwhelming the characters and story with so many 'big-ideas'.
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