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  • One of the best books of the year

    This story was so compelling, and one that I'll be thinking about for a long time. A must-read for 2021. Already can't wait for more from Zakiya Dalila Harris.

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  • Good storyline

    I received this ebook from Simon and Schuster Canada via NetGalley. I read the description of this book and, seeing as I loved The Devil Wears Prada, I was ready for a funny book with a feel good ending. Man was I Wrong!!! This may take place in an office but that is the only comparison to The Devil Wears Prada. The bit in the description about being the only black person at her publishing company also gave me the impression that it would delve into this discrimination and the multitude of ways it holds people of colour back but, again, this was not how the book went. This book is more of a psychological thriller than any other genre in my opinion. Perhaps if the description had been written in a different way then I wouldn’t have been so disappointed with the book. The book is really slow at building the real storyline and a Nella doesn’t react to many situations like one would think. Why wouldn’t she tell her boyfriend about the notes? She is upset and scared so why not tell the one person that has your back? The ending was a complete change from the rest of the book but it really isn’t enough to save it. I would have given this a higher rating if I had been asked to read this with no introduction.

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  • Darkly Witty Psychological Masterpiece

    “As though she sensed Nella was about to break, Hazel sucked her teeth. She was still staring at Nella, except now her eyes were cool, serene. “C’mon, sis,” she said, quietly. “You can be real with me.” ‘The Other Black Girl’ caught my eye the first time I saw its striking cover. Temi Coker’s (@temi.coker) cover art uses bold primary colours: a dark blue background with a woman’s red-and-yellow earring in the shape of a fist and a comb that serves as the i in Girl. Impossible to miss in a bookstore. Once I began reading this deeply engaging, darkly witty, psychological masterpiece I couldn’t put it down. It blew my expectations right out of the water and that’s saying something as it was already tipped to be one of the most highly anticipated books of 2021. Zakiya Dalila Harris sets her debut novel in the publishing world. She, too, worked in the industry before she left to complete this novel. In ‘The Other Black Girl’ she deftly but unflinchingly exposes two crucial issues relevant in today’s corporate world, those of tokenism and systemic racism. Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to ‘Office Darling’, while Nella is left behind. Threatening notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk. It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these messages, but as Nella starts to obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career. To continue may risk revealing the novel’s plot twists, so I’ll leave you with an exuberant high five, my recommendation and confirmation that this is my favourite novel of the year so far. A huge thank you to @NetGalley and @Atria Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Unexpected, suspenseful and addictive

    Unexpected, suspenseful, and addictive; The Other Black Girl is not only a thriller, but also a view into the world of work-place micro-aggressions. I loved the glimpse into life as a literary assistant and the politics of publishing too. Thank you NetGalley for this amazing debut by Zakiya Dalila Harris.

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