Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Shannon Gibney
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Alex Kirtridge has always been a baseball player, and that's always been enough. As she matures, however, life starts to change. Her body is no longer made for baseball, so the boys on her former pro-player dad's team are passing her up. Alex is also becoming more uncomfortable with her race. As a biracial girl adopted into a white family, she’s always looked too black to be white and acted too white to be black. Whenever someone calls Alex black, her parents say that she's mixed - as if being whiter makes her better. But Alex's skin color can't be changed, and she starts looking into her birth family. When she starts dating Reggie, the first black person to ever show interest in her, her uncertainty increases. Is she black or white? Is she a baseball player or not? Are the people who raised her who she should call family? In the end, the only person who can answer these questions is Alex.
This beautifully written book flows well and is an easy read, all while addressing deep issues that will leave the reader pondering. An inconclusive end allows the reader to think even further on the important topics covered in the storyline. This book speaks about racial identity issues and color blindness, as it portrays Alex’s struggles when her parents ignore her differences from the rest of the family. It addresses issues of subtle racism that can have a big impact on a person. Alex learns to be confident with who she is as she decides not to hide her color, her family, and her wild and crazy hair. This example of confidence is a great moral for teens of any race to learn. This book is a wonderful read full of important and impactful messages.
*Contains severe language and severe sexual content