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Genesis Begins Again av Alicia D. Williams

Genesis Begins Again (utgåvan 2020)

av Alicia D. Williams (Författare)

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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.
Titel:Genesis Begins Again
Författare:Alicia D. Williams (Författare)
Info:Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (2020), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Taggar:Racism, alcoholism, Dark, Prejudice, African American


Genesis Begins Again av Alicia D. Williams



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"Every single night I've prayed for God to make me beautiful--make me light. And every morning I wake up exactly the same."


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 |
Genesis doesn't always like herself very much. She longs for light skin and good hair like her mom. When her classmates write a list of things they hate about her, she keeps it and adds to it. After getting evicted again, she is surprised when her dad moves the family to a nice house in the suburbs. She gets a new start to find real friends, decide who is not worth her friendship, and be inspired by a dynamic, caring chorus teacher. Her family struggles with money and her dad with alcoholism and gambling. He says hateful things to Genesis, and she is shocked when her maternal grandmother tells her about the family values for light skin that make her feel even less loved and valued.
An inspiring, insightful, and emotional read. Genesis deals with personal, family, and cultural trauma and manages to tap into her inner strength. ( )
  ewyatt | Aug 4, 2020 |
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