Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
The theme of internalized self-hate in this book is so well done as Genesis struggles with who she is. And it's not just her inner monologue, she's surrounded by other people saying some pretty nasty things to her as well which would make anyone really question their identity. I love both of her new friends who are so great and loyal but not in a making-a-big-point-of-how-accepting-they-are way. I am disappointed that Genesis' mom hasn't been able to make the break with her dad but I can really appreciate how the author has Mom talk about not being able to leave entirely yet and how she never wanted to be one of those women and yet knows she is. But I still judge her a little. My complaints are that it feels like a debut novel in that it could've been pared down quite a bit AND I think the ending wraps up a few threads too neatly when it comes to Genesis finding her voice. But I will still be happy to sell it to my students and I believe they will love it!