REVIEW: The Black Kids

“The world doesn’t let black children be children for very long.”


Ashley is a girl of wealth and privilege living in LA in the 90’s. She is one of a handful of Black kids who all come from different backgrounds and aren’t really friends. We start with Ashley’s life with her mostly white,  privileged friends where we see how often she needs to suppress her blackness and deal with their frequent microaggressions. Then the Rodney King riots happen and everything changes. She learns how important it is to embrace your identity, advocate for her people and understand her own family history.

I liked Ashley, she rang true as a teen, who made some questionable choices but learned from them and evolved. What I really appreciated was the depth of all of the side characters and how every interaction added to the story and helped give this story a rich community. Definitely went above and beyond my expectations for a YA novel with a cartoon cover, turns out you shouldn’t always judge a book by its cover….

I read this when it was featured as a free read by Simon Teen on last month. Do you buy or borrow most of your books?

Published by openmypages

I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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