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    Fantastic read!

    This is a brilliantly written book that was a real page turner for me. Valerie Alston-Holt is a well-educated, professional, black widowed female raising her biracial son, Xavier, in Oak Knoll, NC. "Zay" is a top student and accomplished musician who is set to leave for college in a few months on a scholarship. Their neighborhood is an older one with huge trees and older homes. Recently, people have been buying up homes, clearing the trees and building mini-mansions. One mini-mansion was built behind the Alston-Holts after the land had been cleared of all the trees and, in the process, Valerie's very large, very old oak tree has started to show signs of dying. Brad and Julia Whitman move in to the new home with Julia's daughter from a previous relationship, Juniper and their younger daughter Lily. Zay notices 17-year-old Juniper right away and takes a liking to her and the feeling is mutual. Everything that happens in this book has most likely happened, or could happen, in any neighborhood in any city anywhere. This book is so good and is to right on mark about life in suburbia. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this fabulous book in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a really good all around book about life in general and neighbors.
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    Powerful and emotional!

    A Good Neighborhood brings home issues that affect us all: entitlement, gentrification, racism, rape, bullying and concern for the environment. Terese Anne Fowler accomplishes this seamlessly by telling a simple, devastating story. Buck Whitman, a self made HVAC salesman, builds his McMansion in Oak Knoll, a small town with a diverse group of residents. He moves in with his wife Julia, teenage stepdaughter Juniper and daughter Lily. Valerie Alston-Holt, a professor at the local college and widow with Xavier, her biracial, musically gifted high school senior son, is his neighbor. I’m stopping here with the plot to avoid spoilers. I am not going to say you won’t have an idea where this novel is heading. You will. But as you read, you’ll be trying to stop it, to turn it around. I am sure The Good Neighborhood will certainly be one of the best books of this year. It broke my heart. 5 stars. Thank you, thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Terese Anne Fowler for this ARC.
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