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Jul 01, 2009 Mona rated it it was ok
It was just okay. The writing felt forced. The characters had the potential to be interesting but sometimes were too one-dimensional, or Durrow didn't emphasize the dynamics between them. I also came to this with the understanding that biracialism would be an overriding theme, and in fact, the book jacket summary promises that Rachel will "confront" her mixed identity. (Maybe I should ignore book jacket summaries - they tend to be misleading.) Although the book references biracialism several tim ...more
Not bad for a first novel. With such an intriguing premise I expected a stronger, more mature voice from Rachel. The theme of multiracial identity in the US is an important one, but this novel underestimates its readers. I do look forward to seeing what Durrow does next.
Mar 07, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Beautifully written and probably one of the most relatable stories of a personal journey in racial identity I've read in a very long time. Durrow manages to pull off the impressive feat of making what could easily come off as tragically sentimental into a story of hope that feels genuine rather than forced.