A poignant and often painful novel of a young girl with a serious self-esteem problem. While I'm hardly an expert in African-American YA, Colorism is a delicate and uncommon subject and I liked the treatment here. For me, it opened a window on a world I have never seen. For young readers of color, it could possibly mean even more.
Genesis can be a bit hard to take. She often is her own worst enemy in her harsh self-judgements. She's makes poor decisions and has trouble accepting responsibility (a trait that she insightfully realizes is learned from her father). She's often not as kind or as loyal as she ought to be. But she has a great sense of inner strength and stands up for herself. Her journey from self-loathing to qualified acceptance is realistically portrayed and fulfilling to share.