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Posted January 18, 2012
I agree wholeheartedly with the other reviewer who said this should be required reading. My mother bought this book for us (the family) when I was about 11 years old, and reading it, as a mixed kid, really helped me find my voice and my confidence, particularly in my middle school years in a small town in East Tennessee. It was so nice to see that other mixed youths felt and thought the same things I did (besides obviously my brother) and reading how they reacted and ways they came up with dealing with certain conversations. One of my favorite essays in the book is by a female who says the only people are confused about being mixed are non-mixed people and I found this to be true time and time again. I really think if every time someone had asked me to identify my background and why I answered the way I did, I handed them this book, they would understand. I originally read this book when I was 11 or 12, and it wasn't a tough read. I'm 23 now, and it's still a great book to go back to sometimes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2001
CANNOT DO WITHOUT THIS BOOK!!
As the mother of racially mixed children, this book touched me at the core. I've read everything I can find trying to prepare myself to help make life for my children easier, but nothing comes close to this book. The author steps aside and allows the voices of the racially mixed youth to tell their own stories. I wish this book was required reading for everyone in America.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.