December 2, 2021

Brown Girls

"We don't look like anybody in these books. And nobody looks like us." ~ 22%

Honestly I just wanted to read this book for the title and pretty in pink cover. It didn't matter what it was about. I just KNEW it was something I should read. So I powered up the Kindle and got to reading the advance copy. Oh, what a joy!

The setting is in the drags of Queens, New York. Where airplanes fly low. Where the streets are crowded. Where subways rumble above dollar stores. Where little girls grow dizzy from the advice of parents. Where neighborhoods are our own hoods and you have to downplay smarts. Yeah, I know the feeling when you're smart and the only girl on the block that goes to a school different from the neighborhood kids.

"Our brown girls. Strong enough for life itself." ~ 93%

This book is oh so relatable to girls of color that grew up in a major city. All eight (8) parts of this book are strong enough to be its own short story. It is written in beautiful prose and covers themes of immigration, community, childhood, race, class and the depiction of brown girls. It is less like a novel and more like poetry to a reader's eye.

Happy Early Pub Day, Daphne Palasi Andreades! Brown Girls will be available Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

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: Brown Girls
Author: Daphne Palasi Andreades
Published: January 2022
Pages: 224
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

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