Genesis begins again

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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. There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. Like #95: Because her skin is so dark, people call her charcoal and eggplant--even her own family. And #61: Because her family is always being put out of their house, belongings laid out on the sidewalk for the world to see. When your dad is a gambling addict and loses the rent money every month, eviction is a regular occurrence. What's not so regular is that this time they all don't have a place to crash, so Genesis and her mom have to stay with her grandma. It's not that Genesis doesn't like her grandma, but she and Mom always fight--Grandma haranguing Mom to leave Dad, that she should have gone back to school, that if she'd married a lighter skinned man none of this would be happening, and on and on and on. But things aren't all bad. Genesis actually likes her new school; she's made a couple friends, her choir teacher says she has real talent, and she even encourages Genesis to join the talent show. But how can Genesis believe anything her teacher says when her dad tells her the exact opposite? How can she stand up in front of all those people with her dark, dark skin knowing even her own family thinks lesser of her because of it? Why, why, why won't the lemon or yogurt or fancy creams lighten her skin like they're supposed to? And when Genesis reaches #100 on the list of things she hates about herself, will she continue on, or can she find the strength to begin again?
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Grouped Work ID 18b9bb26-70ee-5bd7-5089-031e085d7a47
Grouping Title genesis begins again
Grouping Author williams alicia
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-02-14 00:38:15AM
Last Indexed 2019-05-24 01:18:09AM

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display_description Thirteen-year-old Genesis tries again and again to lighten her black skin, thinking it is the root of her family's troubles, before discovering reasons to love herself as is.
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subject_facet African Americans -- Fiction, Family problems -- Fiction, Human skin color -- Fiction, JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Bullying, JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Peer Pressure, JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Prejudice & Racism, Moving, Household -- Fiction, Prejudices -- Fiction, Self-esteem -- Fiction, Young adult fiction
title_display Genesis begins again
title_full Genesis begins again / Alicia D. Williams
title_short Genesis begins again
topic_facet African Americans, Family problems, Human skin color, JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Bullying, JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Peer Pressure, JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Prejudice & Racism, Moving, Household, Prejudices, Self-esteem