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A story full of love and loss
I was reasonably engaged by the story and really appreciated some of its very nuanced insights about racism. Unfortunately, the author took on one too many issues in introducing through Reese the complexities of transsexualism/transgenderism and leaves this important character undeveloped — quite two-dimensional. The result is an ending that lacks impact.
The three stars is because it was well written but not the type of book that grabs me. I didn’t even finish . .. found it all too boring.
There were a couple of times where the story got slow, but it was nice getting know all of the characters lives (eventful or not). I’m also unsure how I feel about the abrupt ending. I do know that I really loved this book though. I was constantly thinking of my own family while reading this book. My grandmother and her siblings were not allowed to attend public schools because they were Native American. My grandmother was lighter than her sister, and it got me thinking...was life easier because of my grandmother because of that? I truly enjoyed this well-written story.
A few twists and turns. Interesting read
Could not put it down
This was a good book. I liked learning about the different characters through different time periods and perspectives. However at times I felt like the characters were rambling a bit. The ending has left me lost. Overall, it’s worth the time to read and explore a story of twins that choose to live separate lives.
Great dive into the character aspects of the story line, however, I was left with too many unanswered questions and not enough closure.
Gripping, touching, and wonderfully written. Fascinating storyline as the 3rd person narrative flows among different characters; reading the story from several different viewpoints kept it very interesting. I couldn’t put it down!
Great book. Loved the story line. Ending was not as exciting as the whole book.
Wow. That was slowwww with no clear story arc and a very anti climatic ending that left all questions open. I couldn’t believe it was the end of book - I kept thinking my phone was glitching. Would not recommend.
I’ve never read anything like this. The story line pulled me, the characters diverse and captivating! A story of heartbreak, tough decisions and family love.
What a unique and intriguing storyline! I loved the characters and the writing was phenomenal. Can’t wait to read more books by this author!
Couldn’t put it down.
You Guys, this book is so good, I could read it over and over. Can’t wait to see this book interpreted on a big screen.
Beautifully written and captures the readers attention and heartstrings. Deeply shows the emotional scars of racism and transgender issues. Highly recommended although I was hoping for more closure.
If tis story was interesting to you, please also read Passing, by Nella Larsen.
Wonderful character development. This book is a page turner. Usually I prefer a bit of a slower journey. But the story evolves over a lifetime. 3 generations. The author weaved a lovely heart breaking story. A story about America. I loved it. There are a million more stories to be told...
All the characters had a part of them they wished would vanish. Highly recommend this book and I can’t wait for the discussions with my book club.
A true page turner.
Good potential but poorly written. Only a small portion of the book is in the perspectives the twin. I feel like most of the book was about one of the daughters of twins and her transgendered boyfriend. Nothing is happening in this book. You think it’s heating up and it fizzles to nothing. All that for a reunion that only lasts a few pages and it isn’t that moving
This book is excellent!
this will tug at your heart and will leave you wishing for another novel as deep and well written as this is.
This poignant book was hard to put down.
Great story. Beautifully written. The ending didn’t bring me closure like I would have liked.
I loved that this book addressed modern topics with a 1980’s spin. They’re important topics and they were refreshing to read from the point of view of black females. However, I spent the entire book trying to attach myself to the characters the way you do when you’re fully immersed in a story. There are no real main characters, so you don’t really spend a significant amount of time with any one person. The time frames are very distanced and scattered. It was just hard for me to connect to the story when it felt like I was reading from the back of an audience, as opposed to being on stage with them. You never really get that feeling of being ‘hooked’ on this novel, which is why I didn’t give it a higher rating
This book is so well written and engaging I finished it in hours% Definitely recommend
Definitely kept me wanting to read more. Looking forward to discussing this with my book club because the central characters are complex and there is so much to unravel.
The story is dramatic but it still appeals to emotion
Beautiful story of girls and how we grow up.
I could hardly put this book down! It was good from beginning to end. Such an amazing storyline and the characters were so real. Hope to read more from this talented author.
Well written. Not an expected ending but surprised when it ended.
Great book, but it leaves you wanting more and looking for and end to the story.. where is the rest of the story? What happened to Stella? I’m confused!! Just wanted a better ending.
This book is beautiful, suspenseful, and a thrill to read.
The book was amazing all the way through until I came to the final few pages. The ending was completely strange and disappointing.
The characters are each so complex and real. The story is perfectly paced and draws you in. Amazing.
It did take me a while to get through. I wish it would've stayed more on the storyline of Desiree and Stella. Even though Stella passed for white her whole life, I was hoping that Stella would ease up a little on the lies that she's been holding on to her whole life and let her daughter in just a little bit. Desiree was a total Southern woman of going back home after leaving an absuive marriage. It's interesting how both Desiree and Stella both only had 1 kid. Stella probably only had one because she was worried that her second baby may come out brown. Desiree probably didn't have more than 1 kid because she knew the struggles of just having 1. I don't know if I liked any characters or if it felt like a fly on the wall while reading the book. Stella was uber selfish during the whole thing-yes she eventually got her career but she made massive pitfalls when it came not telling her daughter the truth. It really didn't feel like an ending to me and not saying that every book has to have a nice little bow because that's how life is sometimes but it seems like the only people that ended up happy were Jude, Reece, Desiree, and Early. Stella was somewhat miserable and so was her daughter.
The author takes us into the very fabric and pace of women’s lives. Mothers, who are twins, and their daughters struggling with identity, family history, and being black in the U.S. Honesty and love are woven into their story like a strong vine that cannot be overcome. This story is told in a delicate and beautiful style; treating each woman, and her struggle with respect. I really enjoyed this book!
Everything about this book was sublime. The characters, the plot, the beauty of the story telling. The author treats every single situation like a voyeur and not an invested party which allows the reader to make their own assessments of situations.
Was not a good book at all. I didn’t like the storyline, it was unrealistic and boring in my opinion.
I couldn’t put it down. I felt sympathy for all the character. The writing flowed and kept you hooked.
I enjoyed this book! I felt like it was an interesting take on colorism not only within the black community, but in the world in general. The only con I would give is that I felt like the ending was a bit rushed when it came to reaching each of the climaxes with each character—there was some resolution, but I still didn’t feel complete closure. I recommend it!
A gentle and well-paced story of passing, colorism and duality. A necessary and beautiful examination of Blackness in the New World and the ways people survived the lived experience of race and racism. Heartbreak vibrates through the pages like the notes of a song that you can’t quite hear but still stirs your emotions. Love.
Amazing story of what it means to be black in America, being true to what you are, and colorism -towards darker and lighter skinned blacks. Are you what you are by how you were raised or by how others perceive you? You can run from others but you can never run from yourself. Simply amazing. Expertly written. My new favorite author!
Lives up to the hype
Buy this book, holy sh**. I’ll remember characters for a looong time. Stella was my favorite; the strange struggles between personhood and family, and how Bennett explored it with elegant subtlety that made her so real. The nuanced understanding of race and colorism the story provided was equally brilliant. It’s unsettling, but still so fulfilling. You will not be disappointed!
The book started out strong, but got kind of boring towards the end
I am a twin and although I didn’t grow up under the same circumstances, I could understand why Stella did what she did.
I liked the storyline, but ending was strange. Very disappointing. Situation between Jude and Reese was confusing