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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Tamera lives in La Cresta, a rural fishing community on a Caribbean island. Despite having the support of relatives, including her dad, Earl, her elder sister, Mary and her best friend and first cousin, Jan, she struggles to deal with her mom's mental health issues and the absence of her boyfriend, Dalton who moves out of the village to work. Tamera's life ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published October 20th 2018 by Inanna Young Feminist Series
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Reading this book reminded me of a section of Kimberly Drew's Black Futures that pointed out the connection between ocean health and marginalized communities. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson speaks about ocean justice and brings the receipts with fact after fact. Guevara puts a face on this global issue and tugs at our heart strings through the residents of La Cresta, Jamaica.

Besides addressing this issue Guevara also incorporates mental illness, child abuse and the treatment of women into her novel. T
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I admit, I only picked this book up, because Raven Dauda, whom I like a lot, is narrating the audioversion. And I'm glad to say that it turned out to be a positive surprise for this usually-not-YA reader. The Caribbean atmosphere and feeling sucked me in from the first moment. The problems and topics of a young girl growing up in the West Indies, where a lot of the life is dependent on the environment, were convincingly displayed.
Glynis Guevara tackles subjects of mental illness in the family,
James Fisher
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another good YA novel from Ms. Guevara. A fine follow up to Under the Zaboca Tree.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I believe Glynis Guevera’s book “Black Beach” should be inhaled, like the perfume of the island she describes so lovingly. This book is part of Inanna’s Young Feminist Series, and it touches on many issues that concern young adults - identity, family, school, boyfriends, abuse, and the environment. And yet Guevera doesn’t preach. Her main character, Tamera, has to find her way just as all young adults do. “Black Beach” traces the path to Tamera’s discovery of what finally captures her heart, whi ...more
Avion Scott
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Glynis Guevara always leaves me wanting more. I have grown close to the characters and events in Black Beach and having completed the novel, I miss them dearly. The story line is very intriguing. I look forward to more work from this author.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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Set in a La Cresta, Jamaica, Tamera is a 16 year old girl just finishing high school. Her family life is dominated by her mother's mental health issues and she worried constantly about it. Her friends are moving on with their lives although there is danger lurking nearby as some of the local girls are disappearing without a trace. Her boyfriend, Dalton is living out of town and she tries to carry on a long distance relationship, even though he is asking for more photos of her. Her father is a fi ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For many teenagers the journey into adulthood is strewn with joys and disappointment. Sometimes, enduring and sometimes fleeting. Tamera, the main character faces several challenges- her mother's mental illness, a fading long distance relationship, the disappearance of her close friend and an oil spill that threatens the fishing village's way of life. Despite family tragedy and dangerous missteps with a human chameleon Tamera with the support of family and friends moves on with her life.

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Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Black Beach is a beautiful coming of age novel that hits on some of the heavy things that women experience. I absolutely loved the description of La Cresta and could almost smell the beach as throughout the story. This novel was a slice of life, and what a slice it is! I think this book tried to focus on too many heavy topics all at once. I wish it had narrowed them down to focus on a few a dive deeper into those experiences. I felt like we didn't truly get to know how Tamera really felt about a ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Black Beach not just because it is a YA Caribbean story that took me back to the Caribbean, but also because it was so well written. It is a wonderful coming of age story. The author didn't just focus on the main character, sixteen year old Tamera's family, but she also gave vivid descriptions of the neighbourhood where the family lived. The book touches on multiple themes and it is definitely a page turner. I think adults and teenagers alike will enjoy reading this book ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to read this book before its launching and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The contents indicated the way of life in a caribbean island and I received surprises along the way. In my opinion, it was well-written and the storyline was quite interesting. I was so sorry when I came to the end of this book because I felt that I knew the characters and didnt want to leave them behind.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Tamera is a young 16 year old girl who lives in La Cresta. Her mother had some mental issues. This one touches on so many things that young girls should learn about. I kinda felt like it had too many big things going on through out the book. I wished it had focused more on one or two issues like more on the mental illness. I did find it interesting and a fast read. Thanks to ECW Press Audio and NetGalley.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Black Beach tells the story of 17 year old Tamera who lives in a fishing village with her family. The book covers multiple themes including mental health and environmental issues. It is an excellent read and I look forward to reading more books from this author in the future.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Keosha Murphy
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
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As a coming to age novel, Black Beach is about a young 16-year-old girl named Tamera who lives in La Cresta. Tamera's mother is faced with some mental issues. This book touches on somany obstacles that young girls faced. I believe that this book focused on way too many heavy subjects which left some in the background with no explanation. I enjoyed this book but I would have liked to focus more on Tamera and how she felt throughout it. Thank you, NetGalley for this advance reader copy of Black Be ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
A good book that looks at life through a teenage girls eyes. Deals with topics such as human trafficking, mental illness, substance abuse, child abuse and the environment.
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