Category: Reviews

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

Posted October 11, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I loved this book! The Only Black Girls in Town is an engaging middle grade novel that discusses friendship, family, and fitting in. It takes the reader on a journey through several types of family units and friendships while also addressing the challenges of growing up. There’s discussions about racism and school hierarchy and a mystery tangled in too… it’s good! Completely good. The Only Black Girls in Town reads like an older middle grade/younger YA book. Al and her friends are entering the seventh grade and as such they’re at a point in their life where they are searching […]

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Posted October 7, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Back in 2006, American Gods was my first Neil Gaiman book. A friend at the time insisted it was the most incredible thing, so much so that she bought me a copy and I read it. When she asked what I thought, like any good friend, I lied and told her I loved it. I hadn’t read it since, until now. I still don’t particularly enjoy American Gods. The book is far too long and meandering for my taste. A great deal of me appreciates the way Gaiman writes, because his language is something of poetry in itself, not too […]

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Posted October 5, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

This novel is terrifying. Easily one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. Doubly so because I’m mortified that it could be true. Ace of Spades follows two Black students – Devon and Chiamaka – through their senior year at Niveus Private Academy. Both are good students, both work hard to be where they are in life. Both are about to have terrible, horrible, unforgiveable things happen to them. To talk too much about why I loved this book (as a read, I just feel like I need to separate that from “as a reality” because yikes) would be to […]

Comic Mini Reviews: In Love & Pajamas, The World According to Cats, & What’s Up Beanie

Comic Mini Reviews: In Love & Pajamas, The World According to Cats, & What’s Up Beanie

Posted September 27, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Anyone else read comics? When the comic creators I enjoy on Instagram put out a book, I like to pick up a copy because their comics bring me so much joy and I want to support their art.  In the past, I’ve given these books full reviews (How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You and Strange Planet), but I struggle to write a long thoughtful, objective review because of the format.  I go into these knowing I like the art and I like the humor.  So rather than putting together a rambling review where I try to […]

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Posted September 23, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I can see why this book was getting so much love around June 2020 – it’s a strong argument against the “war on drugs” and incarceration because of the disproportionate it affect it has on Black men. As of now, it’s a bit of an older book, enough so that it warranted a lengthy introduction by Alexander in the 10th anniversary edition explaining the choice to focus of Black men and the way Obama’s presidency did not improve the overall situation as she explains it. A lot of The New Jim Crow made me think, which is the best thing […]