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Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America Kindle Edition
From the Back Cover
Black is male. Black is female.
Black is urban. Black is rural.
Black is rich and poor.
Black is mixed-race.
Black is more.
There are countless ways to be BLACK ENOUGH.
Featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling American black authors writing for teens today, Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America.
“A powerful collection that opens the reader’s eyes to the breadth and diversity of contemporary experience in America” - June Sarpong, author of DIVERSIFY--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The Horn Book, and The Rumpus, among others. She is the author of American Street, a National Book Award finalist, and Pride. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their three children. You can find her online at www.ibizoboi.net.
BRENDA WATSON, C.N.C has dedicated her career for over 20 years to helping people achieve vibrant, lasting health through improved digestive function. A dynamic health advocate and celebrated Public Television health educator, she is among the foremost authorities in America on optimum nutrition, digestion, and natural detoxification methods. She is the author of The Fiber35 Diet, a New York Times bestseller, and eight other books on gut-related health.
Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. She is a Spelman College graduate. After working extensively in teen mentoring and living in Israel for a few years, she returned to the United States to write full-time. Dear Martin, her first novel, is loosely based on a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. Shaken by the various responses to these incidents-and to the pro-justice movement that sprang up as a result-she began the project in an attempt to examine current affairs through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s teachings.
Jay Coles is a graduate of Vincennes University and Ball State University. When he's not writing diverse books, he's advocating for them, teaching middle school students, and composing for various music publishers.
Justina Ireland is the author of the teen novels Dread Nation, Vengeance Bound, and Promise of Shadows. She enjoys dark chocolate and dark humor and is not too proud to admit that she's still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, and dog in Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at www.justinaireland.com. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07H9KS11D
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (8 January 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 992 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 421 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062698737
- Best Sellers Rank: #514,633 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“Black Enough” é uma colecção de contos escritos por autores pretos que visa mostrar situações comuns de ser jovem e pertencente a uma minoria nos EUA. No entanto, nem sempre esse facto é o que está em evidência nestes textos, afinal ser adolescente por si só pode ser um verdadeiro drama que é transversal a todos os seres humanos.
Told either in first, second, or third person perspectives', this collection includes a variety of stories that made this reader experience many different emotions.
Now, whilst some stories were fun and light-hearted to read: stories of unrequited crushes, being young, finding love and gaining freedom, other stories touched on more life-defining and serious moments a teenager could go through in their life: moments of discovering ones sexuality, the power of music, a forbidden romance between rival families, the tragedy of death, suicide, family issues, along with dealing with racism, homophobia, and so much more.
It's 400 pages of two Introductions and seventeen unique and (some) powerful stories that I could not get enough of.
When I wasn't laughing out loud and smiling big at the fun and entertaining stories included - such as ones like 'Black. Nerd. Problems.', 'Woah!', 'Kissing Sarah Smart', and 'Into the Starlight' - I was devouring the meaningful story that was being told; a story that made me think, feel, and listen to the message within - like with 'Black Enough', 'Warning: Color May Fade', 'Out of the Silence', 'Wild Horses, Wild Hearts', and 'The Trouble with Drowning'.
There is one story in particular - Gravity by Tracey Baptise - that is quite triggering as, told in second person perspective, this story shows how a young girl deals with being sexually assaulted in a public area, though being young and having made the first move, she weights the options on whether to tell or keep quiet as she knows from second-hand experience that some, if not many people will twist her story on her and say she asked for it. Whilst I liked the story, how it was written, and the way this author had me seeing the story play out so vividly in my mind, it was just too vivid for my taste, and considering it was told in second person perspective, it was hard to feel separate from the character, and left me feeling uncomfortable throughout the entire story.
My reason for the four stars however, has to do with the fact that considering each story is a short story, the lack of a blurb to let us know not what the story was about - but WHO - left me feeling confused at times; was I reading about a young girl, or a young boy? Sometimes the gender, along with the characters' name, wasn't revealed for pages later, and it made me struggle to connect with the story when I started reading one in a female's perspective, but all along it was a male's.
Overall though, this collection was perfect and really delivered some unforgettable and impactful stories that I'm still thinking about days later. You'll either love them, or hate them - each story is different enough to get a different reaction from its reader.
I'd definitely recommend this collection of short stories to anyone looking for one.
TW: sexual assault, words of racism and homophobia
They were all wonderfully different, although I was amused to note that most of the stories about boys dealt with romance - one exception being Jason Reynolds' "The Ingredients", which was about food, that other teenage boy obsession. The girl-led stories were more varied with school pressure, friendship troubles, grief, family problems and religion also playing a part.
My favourites were probably "Black. Nerd. Problems." by Lamar Giles, because it made me laugh the most, and "Stop Playing" by Liara Tamani, which managed to be fun and thoughtful and kind of exasperating all at once. But there are so many good stories here that it would be easy to pick a handful more that I liked almost as much.
In all this is a great collection. There wasn't a single story I didn't enjoy, which is rare for me with an anthology, and I'll be eagerly shoving it into the hands of all the teen readers in my life.
Overall, over the course of a set of fun, mostly page-turning, sometimes touching short stories, I learned that black american kids are kids, much the same as white British kids are kids. With the exception of a few words I had to look up and bits of slang, I'm not sure there was anything I learned here that I didn't know already from TV shows. That may be because I've watched a lot of TV shows which feature young black people in America, and have just been watching This Is Us, which deals with much more nuance with the theme of a black person in a majority white community. That crops up a few times here, as do the class divides that emerge in a socially aspirant population.
I am also very aware that in the 'woke' world we live in, there is a lot of messaging that goes on: this collection clearly has an agenda, and with that in mind I realised it's hard to know if this is an accurate representation of being young and black in America.
Overall, these are well-written, enjoyable stories, sometimes touching, often intriguing. Like all collections of short stories, it lacks something, for me, because just as you get to know the characters they disappear, but each of the writers in this collection have other novels, so you can use this to find out who you want to read next. Only one of the stories was so odd/dull that I found I had to skip it, and the last two were among the best, so make sure to read to the end.