A Good Neighborhood

Author:

Therese Ann Fowler

Title:

A Good Neighborhood

Publisher:

Nataka Books Reviews: 

A Good Neighborhood

A Good Neighborhood is merely about a biracial boy, Xavier, and his momma, Valerie, living in an all white neighborhood in the south. He ends up falling for his neighbor, Juniper who is a white girl that has a purity vow and can’t date. Her stepdad is rich, overly obsessive and racist.

This is what this book is: a perspective of racism from a white author and she got it all wrong.


--review by @Hillsreads blogging at https://hillysreads.wordpress.com/

Nataka Books Full Review: 

A Good Neighborhood

A Good Neighborhood is merely about a biracial boy, Xavier, and his momma, Valerie, living in an all white neighborhood in the south. He ends up falling for his neighbor, Juniper who is a white girl that has a purity vow and can’t date. Her stepdad is rich, overly obsessive and racist.

This is what this book is: a perspective of racism from a white author and she got it all wrong.

So I bet you can put the pieces together. The biggest issue I have with this book is how unrealistic it is.

I noticed it right off the bat with the character development and the structure of the story. The build up that lead to a tragic ending was so...cut & dry. The book was definitely a slow build but part 3 (final part) of the book was so rushed and missing so many details that it didn’t even make sense how the story ended the way it did. And I absolutely hated the ending. Horrible.

I feel that the author made Brad (the stepdad) so blatantly racist that is was too unreal. I don’t think I have been so disturbed by a character but Brads character DISTURBED me.

Valerie and Xaviers characters are what bothered me the most, these characters just didn’t seem real to me either. Xavier at the beginning of the book was a different character by the end of the book. The typical & obvious stereotypes throughout this book.


--review by @Hillsreads blogging at https://hillysreads.wordpress.com/