In this new YA novel by Tanita S. Davis, the Coretta Scott King Honor author of Mare’s War, a white teen named Dess is placed into foster care with a black family while her mother is incarcerated.
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This dual narrative, told through first and third person POV, follows Hope — a black girl from a nice, middle class family — and Dessa — a white girl who has been in and out of the foster care/home system for much of her life. When Dessa’s taken in by Hope’s family, she’s a lot of things: angry, confused, resentful, and, deep down, ready to be accepted into a place where she fits. She’s placed in Hope’s family’s home because her biological half-brother Austin was placed with them, and she wan
This is a story, though, about what family means, rather than what it looks like. Davis does an excellent job of exploring racial issues, of deep-seated biases regarding money and, perhaps the part that wasn’t a focus but really did sing, body politics.
A complicated, nuanced, and enjoyable read. Would pair really interestingly with SEE NO COLOR by Shannon Gibney, for sure.