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This Side of Home
This Side of Home | Rene Watson
16 posts | 13 read | 12 to read
A captivating and poignant coming-of-age urban YA debut about sisters, friends, and what it means to embrace change.
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Kristy_K
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Some YA books that are on my tbr list this year. #WeNeedDiverseBooks

#24in48 #hour18

heikemarie Akata Witch 💜 💜 10mo
tjwill Simon and Swing are both great! This Side of Home is on my #TBR too. 10mo
Kristy_K @tjwill Simon is a #blameitonlitsy buy and I love Kwame Alexander so I know Swing will be awesome. :) 10mo
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jessreadsbooks88
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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

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tjwill
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My first #bookface today was too creepy (see catface in bottom corner 😱😂), so I tried again. I like the half-face covers best for doing a bookface. 😁 #ReadingResolutions

erinreads The cat one is so awesomely weird! 😹 1y
saresmoore These are great! 1y
riversong153 😁 1y
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julesG Both are great. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Both great but the half faced one is awesome! 👍 1y
CouronneDhiver Good job! 1y
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alisonrose
This Side of Home | Rene Watson
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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 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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I love this cover 💜 #nowreading

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abbylibrarian
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Good morning! Please ignore crazy hair! Getting started in the #24in48 Readathon! #weneeddiversebooks #yalit

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abbylibrarian
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Getting my stack (and snacks! 😂) ready for the #24in48 #readathon!! Who else???

BooksForYears The Snack TBR is just as important as the Drink TBR! ☕️📚🍫🍿 2y
UwannaPublishme Cheez-Its! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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MallenNC
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I haven't read this yet but it's moving up my #TBR. I picked it for #TheresNoPlaceLikeHome since it has home in the title. #sizzlinsummerbooks @Tiffy_Reads

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Peaceful_Reader
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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.

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Peaceful_Reader
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I liked Piecing me together so much I had to reach for her previous book. It was on a YA to-read pile in my own home. #bookproblems

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Andrea313
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Two #siblings that I love are Maya and Nikki from This Side of Home. If you're #ya fan and you haven't read this one yet, get thee to a library! #aprilbookshowers

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theshrinkette
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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.

annkuch13 Love this book! More people should read it!! 3y
CocoReads Sounds like normal twins-not psychotic ones. Stacked it! 3y
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annkuch13
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YA contemporaries are my go-to #palatecleanser between chunkier fantasy books. I like anything from fluffy love stories to ones that deal with heavier issues. #feistyfeb

KirstieE S Perkins 😍💕 3y
SaturnDoo ❤💖💟💜💓💞 3y
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KimGolden
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Beautifully written, wonderful characterization and extremely relevant. This is a novel teens and adults can enjoy!

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tanjawrites
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"Mom tells me, 'Some people will like you and some won't. What's more important is: Do you like yourself?'" - Renee Watson

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Savannahavery
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Although the book took a bit of time to get exciting I ended up loving it. The story was very well put together and the message was beautiful. I enjoyed how it showed the complex race issues we are dealing with today.