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Genesis Begins Again

av Alicia D. Williams

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Thirteen-year-old Genesis tries again and again to lighten her black skin, thinking it is the root of her family's troubles, before discovering reasons to love herself as is.
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There are ninety-six reasons why thirteen-year-old Genesis dislikes herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list:
-Because her family is always being put out of their house.
-Because her dad has a gambling problem. And maybe a drinking problem too.
-Because Genesis knows this is all her fault.
-Because she wasn’t born looking like Mama.
-Because she is too black.

Genesis is determined to fix her family, and she’s willing to try anything to do so…even if it means harming herself in the process. But when Genesis starts to find a thing or two she actually likes about herself, she discovers that changing her own attitude is the first step in helping change others. ~Amazon
  stlukeschurch | Mar 27, 2021 |
"Every single night I've prayed for God to make me beautiful--make me light. And every morning I wake up exactly the same."

BOOK REVIEW: GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN

RATING: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Thank you to @authoraliciadwilliams for gifting a beautiful signed copy.

Genesis Begins Again is moving, heartbreaking and gutwrenching. Genesis is a 13 year old who is carrying an unbearable weight of grief, self hate and pain caused by generational colorism, her father's alcoholism and gambling problem, unstable housing and evictions, bullying at school and family conflicts. Genesis equates all the pain in her life to her dark complexion and "black features." She secretly resorts to home remedies for lightening, bleaching cream and making a list of why people hate her.

I loved that this story took us through Genesis' journey and we see her transform and finally come to a place where she could love herself as she is and find her voice by confronting her inner voices as well as her family. She channels her pain through singing after her teacher introduces her to Billie Holiday and Etta James. It was beautiful to see Genesis come into her own skin by being inquisitive and also by tapping into the good relationships and friendships she made at her latest school. By the end of the story I was feeling hopeful for her. I'm still thinking about her as I write this and she will stay with me.

Although this was a middle grade read, this book is so necessary and tackles deep issues such as:
● colorism & racism
● poverty & disparities in education
● mental health & stigma
● the power of friendships
● effects of white beauty standards
● bullying
● teachers as support networks
● how trauma affects self esteem
● addiction

Please get this books into schools everywhere because colorism is an issue that transcends many cultures. This book can literally save a life and spark some conversations. ( )
  Booklover217 | Jan 3, 2021 |
This book involves the dark side not fitting in due what you look like . Thirteen year-old Genesis if an African American woman that tries to lighten her skin time after time. The book will connect with the class when leaning about racism and feeling accept in the classroom. ( )
  Haley.c143 | Nov 20, 2020 |
Genesis Anderson has had to deal with her father's drinking, comments about her dark coloring, and - once again- getting evicted when he doesn't pay the rent. Ultimately, she wants to have lighter skin like her mother. The constant colorism from her family and schoolmates becomes pervasive and defining for Genesis, who's internalized it and continued keeping a list of the things she dislikes about herself. But once again evicted, her family moves to yet another house and Gen starts at another school, beginning to make friends and connecting with the chorus teacher.

I had an interesting relationship reading this book. Genesis narrates, and sometimes being in her head was really intense and I needed to take a break. Other times, I wanted to keep reading and finding out what would happen next. There were both sad and hopeful moments in good balance, and I liked the generally positive message the book sends about healthy relationships with parents - especially her mom - and the challenges that come with dealing with alcoholism and negative self-talk. There are no easy answers, and I think many parents/teachers would want to discuss the difficult topics it addresses with kids who are reading it. ( )
  bell7 | Sep 2, 2020 |
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