Review: How to Talk to Black People by A. Anon

Title: How to Talk to Black People

Author: A. Anon

Pages: 217 Pages

Publisher: Self Published

The Blurb

Can someone break through the boundaries they are subconsciously taught to place on other people?

Ivy wants more from life. She wants more than her double-wide trailer, more than her dead father and drunk mother, and more than her clearance rack clothes. Her one comfort is the quirky and unpredictable Magnus: childhood best friend and member of the Dead Parent’s Club.

New student Alex might be her ticket to graduation. Alex has it all: an award-winning neurosurgeon for a mother, a world-famous athlete for a father, brains, and brawn.

When Ivy and Alex get stuck as Chemistry partners, Ivy rejoices. Alex is her ticket to an easy semester, maybe even college. But high school isn’t enjoyable for any of them.

Magnus is misunderstood, Ivy is poor, and Alex is the first black student in the entire school system.

By prom, their lives will completely change. One will learn who they really are, one will come to terms with their past, and one won’t make it out alive.

How to Talk to Black People is an honest and challenging look at how we subconsciously teach those in our community about race and what we’re willing to believe about ourselves based on those lessons.

The Review

Okay, so I know that writing is difficult and I know that it is easy to fall into writing tropes but How to Talk to Black People by A. Anon takes it to a whole new level.

How to Talk to Black People reads like a paint by numbers. The main character is given some unlikable qualities but we also are meant to feel sorry for her because of her alcoholic mother and deceased father. She is held back in school because of her social status – she is poor therefore she cannot be smart. She is affected by the people around her and doesn’t know any better – vis a vis race. The whole set up was to problematic, twee and due for a moment of realisation to neatly wrap up all of the storylines. However, I cannot tell you if that happens because I had to DNF this book.

It was awful. The narrative was over written – seriously just call a bus a bus not a banana yellow machine to take me to my scholastic destiny – okay I’m potentially exaggerating with my example but there were several times when the writer just didn’t call nouns by what they actually were. It was tedious.

I read about 30% of this book and I realised I have several hundred other books that are worthy of my attention and this was draining me of potentially reading a great book.

I’m sorry but How to Talk to Black People was a big, fat DNF for me.

How to Talk to Black People by A. Anon is available now.

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