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Maybe because they are young and innocent, cute black Valerie Davis and nerdy white Jeffrey Stark are late to realize that falling in love on Chicago’s South Side in 1963 is a highly risky business for an interracial couple. At first, they help each other out of tough racial fixes—he saves her from attack at an all-white amusement park and she saves him from injury in a ...more
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published December 9th 2019 by Lauson Publishing Co.
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
JUST NOT FOR ME

The only thing I enjoyed about this book was the theme - an interracial couple in 1960's Chicago. If only the execution had been better. I didn't like the characters - they were flat and boring. I didn't like the pace - even though the book was short, the pace was too slow. I didn't like the support characters - there were too many for such a short book. I didn't like Jeff and Valerie's relationship - it felt forced.

So yeah, not the book for me...

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David E. Gumpert, AB'68
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From the author: "I am author of a new historical novel, Gouster Girl, an interracial romance that takes place in the early 1960s, in the midst of white flight from Chicago's South Side. It has scenes in Hyde Park and at the University of Chicago."
Donna Bossin
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A must for anyone who grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the 1960s.

For me, reading this book was like meeting up with an old friend from fifty years ago. Like Jeff, the book's protagonist, I too grew up in South Shore in the 1960s and lived through the racial tensions and violence. Much of what Jeff experienced I also experienced a few years later at South Shore High School. My experiences growing up were instrumental in shaping who I am today, and it was interesting to see my feelings
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Tiarna Georghiou
'Gouster Girl' set in the 1960s in Chicago, follows a Jewish boy who is in love with a negro girl and the racial prejudice they face. It was extremely interesting for me to read about how tough life was for the Negro people in that time period. Of course I knew that it was a terrible time, but I really enjoyed learning more. I felt their pain! At times, I thought the story was a little slow and it lacked a major plot. I also wasn't a huge fan of reading the book from Jeff's point of view, but ...more
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