For Black Girls Like Me

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This is a powerful and emotional story about friendship, family, adoption, mental illness, and love. Makeda and her family move from Maryland to New Mexico, leaving her best friend, Lena, behind. Makeda and Lena are both black girls adopted by white families, so they share both a friendship and a cultural background. When Makeda encounters prejudice at her new school, Makeda’s mother, Anna, withdraws her and her white sister from the school, but it does not prevent Makeda from experiencing difficulties. It turns out that Anna suffers from bipolar disorder, and alcohol and drug abuse, and her erratic behaviors put the family in a hard situation, especially after Anna tries to commit suicide. The book is beautifully written and poetic and is told through a variety of ways, including blog posts and letters. The writing is powerful and the story is realistic and sad. It is also inspiring and shows some of the challenges black girls adopted into white families may encounter. The characters are compelling and moving, especially Makeda and her mother. We get to experience Makeda’s complicated feelings, especially her anxiety and sadness. This engaging and moving story is one that anyone twelve and older would enjoy if they like reading about how complicated life can be.

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Author Mariama J. Lockington
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publish Date 2019-07-30
ISBN 9780374308049
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Issue November 2019
Category Young Adult


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