December 8, 2020

When You Look Like Us

"Hope is just a four-letter word." ~ 80%

What does "us" look like? Brown skin, brown eyes, black hair, braids or fades, according to Jay Murphy. Most people assume we are trouble. And sadly, no one thinks twice about a missing black girl. For a minute, even Jay assumed his sister, Nicole, was off hanging with her boyfriend. But she's been gone too long. When the police department doesn't do anything about the missing persons report, Jay takes it upon himself to find and bring Nicole back home.

When You Look Like Us is very timely. How often are people of color treated differently or just plain disregarded? How many black girls are missing and no one seems to care? How many times have you started a sentence with, "When you look like us..."? Lastly, how many young black boys have to grow up too early when adults don't step up? Pamela N. Harris brought these issues to the forefront with well written fiction and characters that could easily be our brother or sister.

It's the copyeditor in me that notices small details. *wink, wink* for the book beginning and ending with a thump, thump, thump. So add, add, add it to your reading list for 2021.

Happy Early Pub Day, Pamela N. Harris! When You Look Like Us will be available Tuesday, January 5.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: When You Look Like Us
Author: Pamela N. Harris
Published: January 2021
Pages: 352
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

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