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Inside Out

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  180 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Inside: Tracey never fit in anywhere as a child, so she worked hard to make college different. Out in the world, she didn't talk about her parents, or her travels, or the languages she spoke. She didn't talk much at all because it frequently led to black people asking why she talked "white" and white people asking where she was from. No one believed she was a native Southe ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Genesis Press (first published May 31st 2011)
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I am giving this book 4-stars despite myself. I had some major issues with one of the main characters, but in the end it was a strong, interesting story with some rather fearless character moments.

Tracey and Garrett are grad students in Atlanta. He is in law school she is getting her MBA. He is from low-to-middle income good-ole-boy Southern white family, she is from a very wealthy and powerful black family. He is outgoing and friendly, everyone knows him. She is closed off and insular.

When they
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read! The point of view and perspective were different than expected & i appreciated how the struggles of both leads were portrayed.
Read this book in a day because I couldn't put it down :0)
I would definitely refer this book to any avid contemporary romance reader
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Loved this story. Even tho there were a few times I became frustrated with both main characters. The journey they took to love was not pretty. I saw the female character as immature, the male as tortured,mainly because she shut him out,and his own problems with his family.
The characters were well developed,and the supporting characters were equally supportive, and kick butt honest in their view of the relationships of the main characters.
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightfully surprising look at an interracial couple and their relationship from both perspectives.
Aug 25, 2013 marked it as to-read
Reading through the sample when I came across a Cherokee grandmother (it's why the heroine's mama has good hair of course). Oh BROTHERRRRR
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
OMG, I LOVED this book!

I so connected with the characters in this book. Whether we want to admit it to ourselves,we all have a little bit of each of them in us. Whether in an interracial relationship or not,the road to love is bumpy,with roadblocks(some that we erect ourselves),caution lights that seem to never stop blinking(in our minds),red lights that not only stop the journey,but also our hearts. Yet when that light is green,we speed down that road oblivious to warning signs and whistles. Ju
L.M. David
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book but just couldn't. The first part showed potential but after a while I began skipping sections. First, the complication of a interracial relationship is hard enough but when dealing with an immature, selfish young woman like Tracey, the idea of them sharing anything boggled the mind. It literally drove me up a wall the way she openly showed her embarrassment regarding getting involved with this guy to the point where I questioned Garrett's sanity. He never had a ...more
Beeg Panda
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-ya
Loved it!
The H, Garret reminds me sooo of Kellan from Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens. He is just as sweet and adoring and falls head over heels for Tracey, who initially doesnt give him the time of day. She is attracted to him but fights him ALL THE WAY.


She has heavy racial issues - she's black and he is white. Its a long arduous, torturous journey before he manages to get her to commit. He is obsessed with her, can't stay away from her though he is in a relationshi
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this story, it's a story about a boy and girl in grad school who fall in love with each other though they keep their affair secret because they don't know how society will react to them. Tracey is from a rich family and cares a lot about what her parents think and also her other relatives who she seems to think she is already bougie while Garrett the golden boy of his family comes from a middle-class family some of who are racist including his mother. As the relationship progresses Garett ...more
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I agree with some of the other reviews, this was a great and realistic story of the struggles of inter-racial relationship. You have to take in consideration they are in the South and although things have changed many views are the same.

They both struggled with the issues of how family and society would accept them, but most importantly their own issue. I simply loved Garrett, because he wasn't perfect but he was determined. Their issues were not only racial but social as well.
Their struggles an
Laverne Brewster
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A 5 star read, the author did a wonderful job of presenting Tracey and Garrett's story. Garrett "Rett" Atkins is in his final year of law school where upon graduation, he is guaranteed a partnership in his family's law firm and where he is expected to marry his white childhood sweetheart. Tracey McAlpine, is a Black woman who is brilliant and who is a graduate student at the school where Rett attends. They become acquainted after he mistakes her for a janitor before a known professor corrects hi ...more
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
A very nice read. It took a bit for me to begin to enjoy it, but by the middle of the story, I was really enjoying the story. The heroine is neurotic and the the hero is amazingly grounded and stable...that's not a new theme. But, it's the story of how the two of them resolve their issues in a mature, but heart-wrenching, way.
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I like that the female had more of a problem with the relationship than the guy. That was a different angle. I did think Rett was a bit too soft at times. I appreciate a man that can cry, but his crying was too much for me. He was still a lovable hero.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Tracy had issues of her own creation;really needed to get over herself. Both characters had this misguided sense that the world was out to get them, regarding their relationship. Good book but they hit on my last nerve.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: To lover of frustrated romances...or people.
Recommended to Miggyrow by: Goodreads list
I wanted to give this two stars because it was "ok" most times and really "meh, what am i reading ? " some other times. But it would be a bit unfair because the book has some real qualities. Only I'm really not sure "i liked this" since I forced myself at times to finish it. First, I was bored to death by the first pages. The repetitions, the whiny immature voice of the main character, the uninteresting start of the relationship between the two leads are partly to blame. The writing style is pro ...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Ok. So, I am 18% through the it just me or does this guy basically have two girlfriends? I'm sorry, but he is cheating on his "real" girlfriend being with Tracey EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Maybe it's just me.

Love that I can borrow books from the LAPL for my Kindle!!

A pretty good read despite the fact that I thought the heroine was a total nitwit and the hero vacillated between wimp, man, and jerk a little too much for my tastes. All in all, I could have done without Karen and the others he da
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book. Tracey was ttoo introverted for me. I would assume going into an interracial relationship you have to have thick skin. Here parents had too much influence in her life. Glad she finally got it togetherr.
Kimberly Strickland
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed how Tracey and Garrett relationship blossomed. I liked reading this story although I didn’t like how Tracey dealt with her situation. She had some hang ups she needed to get over. I wanted to shake her. The author did a good job with connecting us to the characters.
Dec 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bw-wm
Amazing read. I did want to hit Angie a couple of times but Garrett and Tracey I loved. Though they had there moments when I wanted to hit them both in the head.
Tracie Powell
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's a better than average romance.
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