Finished The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“Award-winning YA author Brandy Colbert’s debut middle-grade novel about the only two black girls in town who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past.
Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only black girl in town for years. Alberta’s best friend, Laramie, is the closest thing she has to a sister, but there are some things even Laramie can’t understand. When the bed and breakfast across the street finds new owners, Alberta is ecstatic to learn the family is black-and they have a 12-year-old daughter just like her.
Alberta is positive she and the new girl, Edie, will be fast friends. But while Alberta loves being a California girl, Edie misses her native Brooklyn and finds it hard to adapt to small-town living.
When the girls discover a box of old journals in Edie’s attic, they team up to figure out exactly who’s behind them and why they got left behind. Soon they discover shocking and painful secrets of the past and learn that nothing is quite what it seems.”
I absolutely loved this book! The synopsis is a little misleading, because it definitely deals more with Alberta and her relationships (with her dads and with her two good friends, Edie and Laramie). The journals are definitely important, but it’s not the most vital piece of the story. (Also, I was pretty sure I knew what the “shocking and painful” secret was, and I’m really happy I was wrong. It never would’ve occurred to me. I would still call it a painful secret.)
I think a lot of people could relate to Alberta. She’s in middle school (seventh grade) and it feels like all of a sudden, her friends are just…older than she is. Their priorities are different and they act differently, and it’s disconcerting for her in a lot of ways. Middle school is the worst, anyway, and it’s even harder when your best friend has started ditching you for the popular girl who’s awful to you all the time. (REALLY, LARAMIE? #TeamAlberta)
This is just a really good and fun read. It’s exactly what we need right now. Highly recommended.