A powerful coming-of-age novel pulled from personal experience about the meaning of friendship, the joyful beginnings of romance, and the racism and religious intolerance that can both strain a family to the breaking point and strengthen its bonds.
Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom's family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time.
Nevaeh wants to get to know her extended family, but because she inadvertently passes as white, her cousin thinks she's too privileged, pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices African Americans face on a daily basis. In the meantime, Nevaeh's dad decides that she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen, which guarantees social humiliation at her posh private school. But rather than take a stand, Nevaeh does what she's always done when life gets complicated: she stays silent.
Only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mom's past, finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family faces that she begins to realize she has her own voice. And choices. Will she continue to let circumstances dictate her path? Or will she decide once for all who and where she is meant to be?
"Absolutely outstanding!" --Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin
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"Narrator Bahni Turpin gives authentic-sounding voices to the vibrant characters in this audiobook about a young woman who is struggling with her racial and cultural identity. Biracial Nevaeh, age 15, feels like an outsider among her mother's family in Harlem because of her light skin. Nor does she identify as Jewish, as her father's family wishes. When her parents separate and she moves in with her grandparents in Harlem, Nevaeh is forced to confront the racism and religious intolerance within her own family. Turpin effectively juxtaposes the quiet, introspective teen with her exuberant Jamaican-American family and her overbearing Jewish grandmother, replete with stereotypical New York accent. S.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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