/ Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Simon & Schuster...
deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a
thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally
abusive family to finally learn to love herself.
There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the
exact number because she keeps a list. Like #95: Because her skin is so
dark, people call her charcoal and eggplant—even her own family. And
#61: Because her family is always being put out of their house, belongings
laid out on the sidewalk for the world to see. When your dad is a gambling
addict and loses the rent money every month, eviction is a regular
What’s not so regular is that this time they all don’t have a place to
crash, so Genesis and her mom have to stay with her grandma. It’s not
that Genesis doesn’t like her grandma, but she and Mom always
fight—Grandma haranguing Mom to leave Dad, that she should have gone
back to school, that if she’d married a lighter skinned man none of this
would be happening, and on and on and on. But things aren’t all bad.
Genesis actually likes her new school; she’s made a couple friends, her
choir teacher says she has real talent, and she even encourages Genesis to
join the talent show.
But how can Genesis believe anything her teacher says when her dad tells
her the exact opposite? How can she stand up in front of all those people
with her dark, dark skin knowing even her own family thinks lesser of her
because of it? Why, why, why won’t the lemon or yogurt or fancy creams
lighten her skin like they’re supposed to? And when Genesis reaches #100
on the list of things she hates about herself, will she continue on, or
can she find the strength to begin again?
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