November 9, 2023

The Price We Pay

"Another sacrifice expected of the Black woman in America—to cope and comply." ~ 78%

Things are never as black and white as they seem. But when it comes to injustice, there are no gray areas. Zenetta Henchman has a nothing-to-lose attitude and a strong personality beyond her young years. She witnesses a fatal shooting that divides her community. A string of racial attacks turn into accusations when Zenetta's father, the only Black police officer on the force, chooses the wrong side of the law. 

Racial injustice, social prejudice, police brutality and wrongful conviction are themes in new YA novel, The Price We Pay. I felt the tension and conflict through the pages. However, I found it hard to stay interested while reading because of my strong dislike for most of the main characters. Zenetta had a powerful voice but didn't use it. She was silent when she should have spoken up and opened her mouth when it was best to stay quiet. Her parents were no better. It was maddening!

I suppose it was the author's intent to prove there is a price to pay for silence. In this regard, well done! I just wish I could sympathize more with the characters.

Happy Early Pub Day, Nikki T. Anthony! The Price We Pay will be available on November 12.

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. ~LiteraryMarie

Title: The Price We Pay
Author: Nikki T. Anthony
Published: November 2023
Pages: 283
Edition: Galley
Genre: Young Adult Injustice
Rating: 🖤 🖤

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