LaToya Williams lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and attends a mostly white high school. It seems as if her only friend is her older brother, Alex. Toya doesn't know where she fits in, but after a run-in with another student, she wonders if life would be different if she were...?ifferent. And then a higher power answers her prayer: to be "anything but black." Toya is suddenly white, blond, and popular. Now what? Randi Pink's audacious fiction debut dares to explore a subject that will spark conversations about race, class, and gender.
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"Narrator Adenrele Ojo brings a strong delivery to this unusual story. In Alabama, Toya attends a mostly white high school, where she's bullied by fellow black students. The establishment of this context is crucial, for the story quickly shifts into a fantastical tale. Toya prays to Jesus to become white. When He answers her prayer, she's transformed into a glamour girl "as white as a Bing Crosby Christmas." Ojo's tone of misery expresses Toya's outlook before her transformation; her tones grow more stilted as Toya grasps her new reality. Ojo's portrayals of some of the story's other characters--Toya's pretentious parents, the shallow popular girls, and the aggressive males--as well as the racist comments contained in the story may make some listeners uncomfortable. This is a fairy tale with a gritty underside that examines racial and gender identity and self-image. S.W. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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