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  • Brilliant story that is a must read.

    This heavy emotional book centres around a young, rich teenage black girl during the Rodney King riots. This book may be, what some call, historical but is sadly exactly what is happening present day. It left me with my heart hurting, feeling sad and angry that things have not changed. I hope by reading this book, those people privileged enough to not to live their lives under constant fear will open their eyes to what is reality to too many people. The author does an amazing job of creating characters that cover a variety of backgrounds and upbringing, blending them into groups and friends. She gives us the point of view from somebody who at first doesn’t think it really affects her until she faces reality and sees for herself what her parents tried to protect her from. This book would be a great companion read to The Hate U Give and I believe it should be a required read for high school students and politicians both. It will touch your soul and I experienced so many emotions while reading this. I couldn’t put it down as it was not only an important topic but a beautifully written book. I thank NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for allowing my the honour of reading this book.

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  • Good for older kids

    I think this a good read for an older YA audience. I was reading to see if it was a good fit for our middle school library but I think with the heavy language and sexual references that its targeted audience isn't going to be my 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Some of my 9th Graders would be okay with it, but as an adult I didn't particularly care for it. I was 14 at the time of the LA Riots and it was interesting to read about them from a different perspective. I didn't like Ashley's friends at all and their casual racism made me cringe. I do wish the author had given them different names (or stopped) referring to two of them as Courtney 1 and Courtney 2. It was confusing, as well as some of the flashbacks.

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  • Must read

    The story revolves around L.A around the Rodney King beating and subsequent acquittal of the officers that beat him. L.A is on fire and riots are happening, but for some black kids it doesn’t seem that bad as they live in the better richer part of the city. This is were Ashley, Ash to her friends, is from. She attends a rich mostly white school with only a handful of other black kids. Her friends are all white though and don’t get her all the time. As they riots continue and they kids are coming to the end of their high school senior year.p, Ashley starts to question whether she belongs with her white friends or if she should maybe make some new ones. Christina does a superb job of making the riots and this time in history keep off the pages. Very good read. #theblackkids #netgalley #indigoemployee

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  • Mixed Feelings

    I'd rate this a 2.5. I had a hard time with this book-it took me forever to get through, despite being extremely excited to read it. The Black Kids is about a teenager named Ashley, who is living in LA during the Rodney King trial and following riots. Ashley, and her group of friends, are navigating life in LA, finishing high school and hanging out, through all the turmoil. Life gets more complicated when Ashley unintentionally starts a rumour about one of her classmates. I thought the premise of the book was so interesting-but I was surprised that it didn't exactly focus on the Rodney King riots, that was a side plot. The book focused on Ashley and her senior year, with her friends and family. Let me start by saying that almost everyone in this book, except perhaps Lucia, Lana, Harrison and LaShawn (and his friends) were so extremely unlikeable. Ashley's friends were shockingly horrible people. Ashley herself wasn't much better, she was selfish, never stood up for herself or others until the end and engaged in a lot of wrong behaviour. She forgave to easily and very clearly didn't know who she was, which is fine, but hard to read. I was shocked at a lot of things that were said and done in this book and do think it is important to be aware that people still treat each other this way today. I really enjoyed the end, despite skimming through most of the book. The highlight of the story was the relationship between Ashley and LaShawn. LaShawn was the best character by far, he was so real, so sincere and true to himself. There were other moments I enjoyed as well, I think the author successfully captured the experience of a black teenager living in LA during that time, there were a lot of horrible, shocking events that occurred which were extremely sad but necessary to know about. Ashley's parents had molded her to be this young woman who was unaware of what was around her, they wanted to protect her from things which is understandable, however this just made her accept things she shouldn't have. They were so judgemental, her sister Jo was all over the place and the rest of her family she wasn't that close to. The writing felt extremely choppy to me, I felt like so much was mentioned that didn't need to be, it kind of jumped around from here to there without much connecting it. There were a couple of times I thought the story was over, but kept going. It really wasn't what I thought it would be at all. I appreciate the author covering important and difficult subjects, race, sexuality, familial challenges, prejudice, etc., however, the book just didn't stick with me, it was hard to get through.

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