Saturday, September 30, 2017

Into White by Randi Pink - OPTIONAL

Pink, Randi Into White, 279 pages. Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan), 2016. $17.99. Language: PG-13 (13 swears, 1 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13 (sexual references, sexual assault, racial slurs) Violence: PG-13 (sexual assault, bullying) 

Into White centers on Toya, a black teen who lives in a mostly white area. Toya prays that God make her anything but black, and much to her surprise wakes up finding out that her prayer has been answered. The story follows along as she navigates her new life at school as a blond and blue eyed white student. 

While this book does deal with some of the complexities of teenage life such as bullying, sexual assault, family relationships and being popular, the characters were flat and it felt like some of the racial inequalities and realities were glossed over and not dealt with more than just superficially. 


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