Friday, July 4, 2014
The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
Violet is biracial but she never met her African-American father who died when she was a baby. She loves her mother, grandparents and sister but is tired of people asking if she's adopted when she's with her family. When Violet learns that her paternal grandmother is a well-known artist who will having an exhibit nearby she convinces her mom to take her to meet Bibi for the first time. They have a rocky start but Bibi realizes she has let past resentments get in the way of a relationship with her granddaughter so she invites Violet to spend a week at her house. Violet is thrilled to finally be part of a family that looks just like her and teaches her about the other part of her heritage. Wanted to like this more than I did but I found it a little heavy handed in some parts. I was perhaps most dismayed with Bibi's sudden change of heart about everything after she had completely cut ties with Violet's mother - and therefore Violet - years before. Despite that, there were two lines that resonated with me quite awhile after I had finished the book so I can't completely write it off.