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Genesis Begins Again Kindle Edition
“One of the best books I have ever read…will live in the hearts of readers for the rest of their lives.” —Colby Sharp, founder of Nerdy Book Club
“An emotional, painful, yet still hopeful adolescent journey…one that needed telling.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“I really loved this.” —Sharon M. Draper, author of the New York Times bestseller Out of My Mind
This deeply sensitive and “compelling” (BCCB) debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.
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.
About the Author
"Reminiscent of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, but appropriate for a much younger audience."-- "New York Times"
"Williams takes readers through an emotional, painful, yet still hopeful adolescent journey...[A] story that may be all too familiar for too many and one that needed telling."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
"With its relatable and sympathetic protagonist, complex setting, and exceptional emotional range, this title is easy to recommend."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B075RNVFVW
- Publisher : Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books; Reprint edition (15 January 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 2473 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 383 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1481465805
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,794 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from India
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That was the first thing why I looked up this book on Kindle.
The blurb was mesmerising.
When I started reading it, the Lang, writing style was simple, spot on, funny, emotional, sarcastic..all of it..infact perfect!
I feel, its a must read esp for a teenager.
This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.
Following the author for her future works!
Top reviews from other countries
Genesis is also dealing with a dishonest, alcoholic father whom she adores and whose approval she's desperate for, but Williams does a deft job of threading in the father's backstory so we can empathize with what brought him to this pass. Thankfully, Genesis does have others she can lean on -- her practical and loving mother, a music teacher who recognizes her talent for singing and who brings her out of her shell by passing her recordings of Etta James and Billie Holiday, and a boy who who supports her to resist her bullying peers and go her own way.
This book is getting a lot of attention for its frank look at external and internalized racism, deservedly so. Highly recommended.
While this story follows the journey of Genesis specifically and the many ways she hates herself, I believe the author tells this story in such a way as to speak to anyone who has ever felt 'less than' in one way or another. I also loved that she tackled the difficult conversation of blackness from within the black community. It's clearly a topic people within the community need to address, but as a white reader, I learned a lot from this glimpse at Genesis's life. Thank you to Mrs. Williams for sharing Genesis with the world. I can't wait to read your next offering!