Kameka's Reviews > Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away

Secret Daughter by June Cross
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Jul 22, 2008

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Recommended for: people seeking to understand what it can be like to be a bi-racial child

I had higher expectations for this book based on the liner notes I had read about it. It was an interesting read. Rather intriguing in the beginning as the pictures of the various individuals in Cross' life were painted. However, in the end I was not as captured as I was in the beginning. I felt like she was droning on and on about things she had already identified earlier in the book. I do think it was a very difficult life and story, but I think the story telling in the end was not nearly as vivid as in the beginning. I do think it is a good read for people who are interested in genuinely understanding some of the complexities faces by bi-racial children particularly in the earlier days post Civil Rights when it was a newer phenomenon. I wouldn't say this is a must-read book, but the story is certainly interesting and makes you wonder why people make the choices they do in life.
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