Such a good book! Takes a look at issues of race and gentrification through the lens of Portland. Super quick read.
Read my full review: jessreadsthebooks.blogspot.com/2018/07/this-side-of-home.html
While I appreciate the voice in this story and think it's crucial to have the topics in it discussed in YA lit, unfortunately I found the writing to feel much more middle grade than YA. The main characters are high school seniors but the writing and dialogue was ... less mature than that. I did really like Maya, the narrator, who was the only one who felt fully realized to me. But overall it was just slow and stilted much of the time. 2/5 âï¸
heard it on my block when boys greet each other, when the "er" is replaced by an "a". When it's a word of solidarity & brotherhood. I've heard it in lyrics when it's a word of pride, when it's a word black people have taken back, the negative power of it and reshaped it into something good. But dad says it was never our word so it's not something we can take back. He says it will always symbolize a beaten slave, a hanging noose, a burning cross.
The story of twin sisters who agreed on everything, slowly drifting apart in their senior year of school, reacting differently to the gentrification of their neighborhood, and how it affects their friendships, goals, dreams, and values. A superb YA book you shouldn't miss.