Shannon Gibney - See No ColorExpected publication: November 1, 2015 by Carolrhoda Lab
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
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It's been a while since I've read a book with such an impact.
Alex is a transracial adoptee. For the most part, her life is unflawed. She enjoys playing baseball with her father, fawning over the occasional boy. It isn't until neighbors and family friends start whispering that she's African-American - though only half - while the rest of her family is white, arising fear and anxiety out of Alex. She doesn't feel welcome in her own skin or family, and she has no one to turn to.
I wasn't too appreciative of Alex's family. If you've ever seen Hey Arnold ('90s kids, holla), she pretty much has Helga's parents. A big, bulky dad who pushes his children into sports and a skinny, frail, whiny mother. Shortly after she was adopted, her mother became pregnant with her siblings, Kit and Jason, and became World Whiner #1. As Alex faced bullying over her race, her family never stepped in and a blind eye was often turned upon the situation.
Alex meets a teenager she can relate to, Reggie. He's cute. They have occasional banter and he smooth-talks his way to her heart. Their relationship was pretty instalove-y. But if I were to disregard that, I enjoyed their connection.
We also gain an extensive knowledge of baseball. It wasn't just: "She swung the bat and ran to first base" either. As someone who doesn't know a lick about the sport, it was enlightening.
If I can complain about anything, it would have to be the ending. Plus, the book was extremely short. I have a stream of questions. (view spoiler)Does Alex tell her parents the truth? Does she get back with Reggie? Does she learn to accept herself? Does her sister stop acting like an entitled couch cushion?
This was pure gold. A revelation. I hope everyone gets the chance to read this. Without a doubt, I recommend. I would've just preferred, at least, fifty more pages.