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The Other Black Girl
The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

I liked the concept but the book was so slow and there were so many details that didn‘t add anything to the story that I didn‘t even care anymore by the time I got to the end - even though it was cool and surprising.

I can understand why this book didn‘t make the #ToB22 shortlist yet I am very happy to have read it. Thank you Cindy for sharing it with me.

squirrelbrain I liked the start of this, but then it all went a bit weird! 3d
youneverarrived I‘ve just finished this too! I liked it but the ending felt abrupt 3d
Cinfhen Agreed @squirrelbrain but I‘m glad you enjoyed it, Barbara xx fun pic ❤️ (edited) 3d
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @youneverarrived @cinfhen At times it felt very slow and at others abrupt indeed. It was an interesting debut and I am curious what she‘ll come up with next. 3d
Megabooks This was an odd duck! Great review. Too slow paced for me, especially for the length. I love this family pic! 3d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks It‘s cute right? 3d
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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

There is so much in this book that I loved, but it took so long for the story to really pick up that it ended up being a so-so for me. There is a very creepy vibe throughout the whole story, but nothing really happens until the very last part of the book.

Maybe my expectations were just too high with this one. 😕

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1w
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 48/21

Two more books from the #ToBLonglist and one to finish #Booked2021, #ReadingAsia2021 and #FoodAndLit. Let‘s do this!

Cinfhen Ohhhhh, TREES!!! Curious to hear your thoughts 1w
Cinfhen That one did not work for me, at all!!! 1w
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Cinfhen Your other one sounds great 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen The Trees is great (I'm 50 pages in), I always enjoy Everett so much. I also am liking The Other Black Girl although the details are driving me crazy; at times I want to shout 'get to the point girl'!😂 1w
Cinfhen I was enjoying TOBG too until it entered crazy town 😉 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I haven‘t reached that point yet I think. 1w
arubabookwoman Trees just arrived in my library Libby account. I have 21 days to read it. 1w
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cdreincarnate
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Pickpick

Loved it!

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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This had me laughing out loud while my stomach was in knots. A slow burn thriller with a lot of depth, Harris has created something unique here. She doesn‘t pull any punches while delving into office politics, internalized and systemic racism, and tokenism. Black women‘s hair is also an important and creative plot device. I really enjoyed this and find myself thinking about its meaning as much as I would reading a non-fiction anti-racism tome. 4⭐️

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Thank you for a very fun round of #LMPBC @Erinreadsthebooks @MadDashReading @shellleigh33! This was my first time participating and I had a great time!! 1mo
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Lauranahe
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Pickpick

This was a page-turner! It was suspenseful, and it made me uncomfortable; gave me Get Out vibes. And as a white woman who knows nothing about Black hair, I learned some things about hair care. Can Jordan Peele go ahead and make this into a movie??

babyruth2510 It would make a good movie. I agree with it having Get Out vibes 1mo
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Avanders
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Pickpick

I‘m not sure why there seems to be such…disappointment surrounding this book. I thought it was so well done. It was a slow burn, a creeping discomfort, a surprise, a heartbreak…(no spoilers ;)). Definitely a pick for me. I‘ll note, though, that the 1st 85% I listened to on audio—the readers are so good. Maybe that elevated it for me?🌟🌟🌟🌟

Now, heading to the PO to send #cbbc #coffeebeanbookclub (try 2!) & #allhallowsreadswap packages! 👏🏽👏🏽

ChaoticMissAdventures I enjoyed this too! 2mo
Chelleo I enjoyed it up until the end…🤷🏾‍♀️ (edited) 2mo
Avanders @Chelleo I can see that … that was the heartbreak for me… that she was lost. But even in that, I appreciated the Stepford Wives hopelessness of it too… I haven‘t looked into it, but am definitely curious about the author‘s … what she hoped the takeaway would be 🤔 2mo
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MMFinck
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Pickpick

I do recommend this one. I dky though, but it made me extremely anxious.

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GHABI4ROSES
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🎃👻🐈‍⬛🧙‍♀️Almost done with the book🧙‍♀️🐈‍⬛👻🎃

#ReadAThon #dailycheckin #Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter

The photo is what I woke to this morning. Thank you to the volunteers and marine centers for immediately taking my panicked call.

#mmccla #pacificmarinecenter

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Smartypants
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Pickpick

October is off to a good start. Finished this book, an excellent novel set in the book publishing industry.

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veebib
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"With heightened awareness of cultural sensitivity comes great responsibility. If we‘re not careful, ‘diversity‘ might become an item people start checking off a list and nothing more—a shallow, shadowy thing with but one dimension"

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GHABI4ROSES
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#20in4 #readathon was so fun, I was intentional and completed my goals. Got 11:40 in, which def shows me why I like having that extra day! Thank you!

Andrew65 Brilliant, well done 👏👏👏🙌 2mo
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GloVerdino
The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
Panpan

I liked the concept in the end but it was so slow I didn‘t even care anymore by the time I got there.

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AlizaApp
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Pickpick

Sort of like Get Out, but set in the publishing industry in New York. Nella is the only Black girl at the publishing house where she works, until Hazel shows up and instantly becomes more popular - and her opinion more respected by coworkers. Nella is alternately thrilled by Hazel‘s friendship and resentful of her success.

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Suet624
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Bailedbailed

Sadly, 35% of the way in I just couldn‘t go on. It‘s not bad; I just felt like it was going to take forever to find out who might want the main character to stop working at her place of employment and I don‘t have that kind of time.

Megabooks You made a fine choice. This was just okay for me. 2mo
Megabooks It doesn‘t get good until 90% in. 2mo
Suet624 @Megabooks that‘s helpful to hear. It‘s a very long audio considering only 10% is worth it. 2mo
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shellleigh33
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Perfect start to a beach vacation. Got my book in mail day before my trip. Beautiful view and great book 😊😊 @Erinreadsthebooks @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @MadDashReading #LMPBC #Group J

suvata I loved that book. Enjoy! 2mo
MadDashReading Oh, good! I'm so glad it made it. I fell behind last month! 😬 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Mehso-so

I thought this would be an easy pick for me, it had all the right elements of a book I would normally love. But something was just off, and it veered in such an odd direction at the end. Meanwhile, the first 90% of the book was a very slow burn. There was an undercurrent of creepiness that lended itself well to the story, but it took way too long to come to fruition. And some parts just didn‘t make sense. #bookspinbingo

Megabooks Great review. Totally agree. 3mo
Amiable Agree 100% 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Mehso-so

Nella Rogers works in the publishing business in NYC and the only black girl who works there. Until Hazel, another black girl, joins and Nella is so happy to meet her but then weird things start to happen making Nella question everything.

I enjoyed this book and the topic of internalized racism and how deeply it affects BIPOC but there were too many side stories and characters that it would take me out of the story.

More below ⬇️

That-Bookish-Hiker I also didn‘t feel much for Nella and really didn‘t care which way she went but I wasn‘t surprised by the reveal or the ending. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3mo
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BookishTrish
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Mehso-so

I did not know where this was going - or if it was going anywhere - until it got there. I really liked the ending and am glad I persevered, but the buildup was too plodding for this to be an unreserved pick from me. Curious to see what this writer does next though.

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BookishTrish
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Half done and it feels like nothing is happening but something is about to happen. Is it? Should I keep reading?

sarahbellum I was incredibly bored by this one. I only finished it because I read it for book club 😕. Nothing really happens until the last 30 pages 3mo
BookishTrish @sarahbellum Thanks for the heads up! 3mo
Andrea4 Hey just checking in to see if you guys sent anything that may have gone to my old address? @FantasyChick and I honestly can't even remember what I sent around for #readersgonerogue haha 3mo
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BookishTrish I haven‘t received your pick yet and I have Vanessa‘s pick on my bedside table. I‘ll read it next and send it to your new address 3mo
dragondrool We read it for our real-time book club, and pretty much all felt like we were missing something we should've gotten out of it. We all found it slow and somewhat tedious.
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FantasyChick Hahaha oh @Andrea4 I have a box that has been sitting here waiting to go to you. I'm so far behind in everything it isn't even funny these days 🤣 I've got Lighthousekeeping and @BookishTrish 's pick sitting here very, very slowly being read. You'll get a kick out of my comments. Alot of them are dates that I pick them back up 🤣🤣 3mo
BookishTrish 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Andrea4 @FantasyChick @BookishTrish ooooh, ok, no that's good. I just didn't want anything to be lost! I can't wait to get the book back now! 😂 3mo
FantasyChick The exhaustion is real these days. I actually finally sorted through clothes to donate months ago because I was tired of the clutter....so they sat in bags at the foot of my bed for 3 months before I finally moved them to the car...where they stayed for another month. They didn't move to the donation bin until last week 😂 3mo
Andrea4 @FantasyChick haha sounds like my mom! 3mo
BookishTrish @Fantasychick sounds like everyone I know recently 🤗 (edited) 3mo
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j9brown
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Pickpick

Enjoyed it!
I thought the weirdness came in a little late, I was plenty into the more regular office drama stuff before it went off the rails. So I get why people felt like the pacing was off. But I actually liked the pre-weird stuff best. 🤷🏻‍♀️
Overall a good pick, though!

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Jemgirl2014
The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
Bailedbailed

This is so boring. I couldn't get past the first 60 pages. What a disappointment. Another book for the donation pile. 😕

SqueakyChu The beginning is really hard to get into, but the ending becomes quite the page turner. It seems as if this is a book that people either love or hate. 3mo
Jemgirl2014 @SqueakyChu Good to hear that the ending makes up for the slow beginning. Maybe I'll hold onto it and try again at a later time. 😊 3mo
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DebinHawaii
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Pickpick

It slogged a bit in the middle & wasn‘t as much a thriller as I was expecting—up until the end, but I ended up really liking this book & have been thinking about it since I finished it. The audiobook performances added to my enjoyment, as did the dark twists. A smart & satirical look at race & lack of color in the publishing industry. I don‘t want to say much more about it as I think if you haven‘t read it, the less you know going in the better.

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SqueakyChu
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Oh no! Not a pun...!

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SqueakyChu
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Wise words. People want to be noted as the individuals they are, not the projected ideas of others.

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SqueakyChu
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This is definitely a thing.

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SqueakyChu
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This is just a novel, but I could see this happening.

SamAnne Just picked this one up from the library. 3mo
SqueakyChu @SamAnne Do let me know what you think of it as you read it. I see it has mixed reviews. 3mo
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SqueakyChu
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This line made me laugh.

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SqueakyChu
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I found this book through a #BookCrossing journal alert in a neighborhood #LittleFreeLibrary. I‘d heard of this book so I rushed over to grab it. I just started it, but I think I‘ll like this novel.

SqueakyChu This book has been very confusing, but it‘s finally starting to become clearer what is happening. Once I began to understand it more, I began to like the story more. Good luck to other readers of this novel! 3mo
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Mehso-so

I'm not sure how I feel about this book.I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. I mainly listened to the audiobook and all three narrators were phenomenal. If I read the book instead of listening, I probably would have liked it less. It's definitely a bit of a slow burn but I liked Nella a lot and enjoyed hearing a bit about the publishing industry. There are parts of second half of this book that just made me feel angry or something though.

Amiable I‘m reading this right now and I agree with everything you‘ve said. There‘s just something “meh” about this book —it‘s ok while I‘m reading it but I‘m never in a hurry to pick it back up again. 3mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @Amiable exactly! it took me longer than normal to finish 3mo
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NikkiCureton
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Starting today! 📖

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BarbaraBB
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Thanks so much Cindy for sharing this book with me. I‘ve heard so many thinks about it and am curious to find out what I‘ll think. Also the bad salts are such a great gift, I‘m gonna use them tonight for sure! Thanks my friend 🤍🤍

Cinfhen I mailed that package weeks ago!!! Glad it arrived💕💕The bath salts are CBD 😉lmk if you feel any of the benefits xx 4mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I didn‘t notice! I‘m so ignorant 😂😂 Now I can try what all the fuss is about! I‘ll let you know ❤️❤️ (edited) 4mo
Megabooks Interested to see what you think of both! 4mo
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Cinfhen I didn‘t get high 😀 but I do think the bad salts felt more relaxing than regular ones! I slept like a baby afterwards! Hope you‘re having a great wedding today Cindy 🤍 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB oh fantastic! Nothing beats a relaxing night‘s sleep. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks That‘s true! And I was in need of one! 3mo
Cinfhen Hahah!! I‘m glad you slept like a baby!! Maybe I should send some to you too @Megabooks xx 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen lord knows I need a good night‘s sleep!! 😂😂 3mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Mehso-so

#UnpopularOpinion but I didn't love this. For more than 2/3s of the book this seems to follow a typical trajectory (although there are several confusing POVs dropped in throughout that tell us more is going on) then, nearly at the end, we're in the twilight zone! The science fictiony element wasn't well explained and I was left with many other questions as well. I think ⬇️

bookandbedandtea the front part of the book should have been lighter so we could have gotten more of the meatier parts in the back. I would have like to know more about Lynn and the Resistance. I would have liked to know more about numerous people at several points along the way. 4mo
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AvidReader25
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Mehso-so

Nella is a Black woman surrounded by white people at her job in the publishing industry. When a new Black coworker joins the company she isn't all that she seems to be. This one has serious Stepford Wives vibes, but it didn't quite live up to the hype for me. I felt like the payoff wasn't worth the slow-burning plot and the flashback scenes were just confusing. I'd be curious to read more from the author in the future though.

SqueakyChu I agree with you about those flashback scenes. The main story had me riveted though near the end. 3mo
AvidReader25 @SqueakyChu I completely agree! I was really pulled into the story, but those flashbacks felt so unnecessary and distracting. I would definitely read more from the author! 3mo
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Jen2
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Pickpick

Just WOW!!!

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Victoria6
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bookandbedandtea
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Exactly 1/3 in and, primarily, I'm confused. Especially as Shani has just been thrown into the mix, without any context. I know it will all come together but at the moment I'm not sure what this is about. 🤷‍♀️

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Birthday book haul!

How awesome that free comic book day lands on the same day as my birthday!?

Went to my fav comic books store in PDX called Books with Pictures and then made a stop at PDX‘s only black owned bookstore Third Eye Book. I love the owners of both places. So kind and always have good book recommendations.

Truly a good start way to celebrate my birth by supporting local small businesses.

Jas16 Happy Birthday! 4mo
JamieArc Happy Birthday! I snagged a few of those for Free Comic Book Day as well! 4mo
wanderinglynn Happy, happy birthday! 🎉🎂🥳 4mo
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Tamra Happy Birthday! 🎈🎉 4mo
Cheshirecat913 Happy Birthday!! 4mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 4mo
Megabooks Happy birthday!! 🥳🥳 4mo
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magyklyXdelish
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Pickpick

Finished this one the other night. It had definite Get Out vibes. This was definitely a thought provoking read and a great choice for #LMPBC

Free Space for #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Branwen
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I'm really excited to start this one! I've been hearing that it has lots of unexpected twists! 💕📚 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin

ShelleyBooksie ♡Chaplin 4mo
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bookandbedandtea
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My library holds are coming in hard and fast. I need to find more time to read! 🧡📚

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Amoon
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Mehso-so

I heard the author give an interview and was intrigued by the premie of the book. Nella has been the only Black woman working at a book publishing company and suddenly there‘s an “OBG” other Black girl, the charming, exciting Hazel. I guess I always don‘t trust charming people in life or books. I enjoyed hearing Nella‘s voice but found the time/ character jumping confusing. We learn a lot about the conflicting views Nella has to deal with.

SqueakyChu I agree about the time/character jumping confusion. That part made no sense to me in the beginning. Finally, after I caught on, the story itself picked up for me. 3mo
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Kaylamburson
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Mehso-so

As someone who works in the publishing industry, I really appreciated the details of the workplace drama and the real examination of whiteness in the industry. I was so intrigued to find out the secret and mystery driving the plot forward, but was ultimately disappointed in the reveal. It was all so real up until that moment so I was surprised and disappointed by the "truth".

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tpixie
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Enjoying a little reading time with Bandette 🐶 outside before the rush of the day!
💙🤍🖤❤️💛

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magyklyXdelish
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Starting on my next #LMPBC book. I‘m super excited Ruth picked this one! This was a pick of mine for BOTM so I‘ve been waiting to read this 🤗

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Christine
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I know opinions are all over the place re: this one - I really enjoyed the reading experience (which I did via audio)! The writing, story, characters, and ending all worked for me. I‘m still chewing on some of the symbolic choices the author made and how they reflect and relate to stereotypes about Black women. I‘m intrigued by Harris‘s voice and creativity and will definitely read her again.

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Bookboss
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Pickpick

This novel is a fascinating look at the very white world of publishing. I was invested in Nella‘s story of being the only Black woman in the office until the arrival of Hazel, the other Black girl. I struggled with the flashback/alternate perspective sections of the book, which brought the action to a halt rather than increasing the tension. Other reviewers have disliked the ending, which changes the tone of the book, but I thought it worked.

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EatSleepRead
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Panpan

Yeah, this book was terrible 👎👎 Slow and ridiculous on so many levels. 🙄

EmG I just finished it - it was a slog - I‘m so mad I could spit. Incredibly overrated. 4mo
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DebinHawaii
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Started #audiosouping to this one today as I didn‘t get to it last month. I am about 1.5 hours in & finding it a bit slow but I am hoping it will ramp up as I have heard good things.

Today‘s soup is a one-pot vegan, korma-style Curry & Rice Soup with Tofu & Chickpeas. Still in the beginning stages in this pic, it smells amazing. Finished soup pics coming later.

DivineDiana Sounds amazing too! 4mo
KarenUK That soup sounds amazing! Love a Korma! 💕 4mo
tpixie Sounds delish! It must be a curry soup day! I made Chicken Curry Soup with Chutney! I just started the book today also! We are twinning! 😜 (edited) 4mo
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Soubhiville
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I loved this! I didn‘t read much about it before starting, and I was surprised by the mystery aspect, which crept up on me. I loved that it was about publishing and the look at book editing and cover design from the inside. Nella and Hazel were complex and I liked seeing Nella‘s point of view. (My phone keeps trying to autocorrect to Bella, which once you‘ve read this becomes really ironic.)
I think this story is going to stick with me.

KatieDid927 I feel like the people that have had a bad time with this book went in with too many expectations. It‘s really best to go in as blind as possible for sure. 4mo
Hooked_on_books I loved it, too! I thought the ending was pitch-perfect and the whole story was so well crafted to keep you wanting to turn the pages. So good! 4mo
tpixie I just started today! 4mo
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tpixie It takes Stepford Wives to another level! 4mo
Soubhiville @tpixie it sure does! 4mo
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