Black Girl Unlimited By Echo Brown | Book Review

Synopsis:

Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor. Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.

Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexismβ€”all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age.

Book Review:

This won’t be a standard review like I normally write but more on my feelings towards the story. 

Echo Brown has gone through so much, so much I can relate to. I feel Echo’s mother in the beginning just gave up and didn’t want to deal with life anymore. I felt upset with her mom because of what Echo had to go through at an very early age. But reading more into the story it makes sense. 

I was upset to read that Echo was raped at a young age and she had to deal with this basically by herself. In the black community when it comes to sexual violations people in the community sweep it under the rug and it’s never to be dealt with. It’s one of those things as if saying “yeah it happened get over it” or “don’t say anything no body will believe you”

Echo had to be the strong one in the family while still trying to go to school and get into college. It was hard for her. I enjoyed the magical realism through the story especially during Echo’s younger years. It shows how young children see tough situations and it flowed well into the story nicely.

Reading about Echo’s life, there were times I didn’t want to stop reading. It was a real life well written memoir and now I want to read more from Echo Brown. I’m glad I chose this for black history month and for buzzwordathon. I’ll definitely be re reading this again soon.

Rating: 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham| Book Review

Synopsis:

Some bodies won’t stay buried. Some stories need to be told.

When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past, the present, and herself.

One hundred years earlier, a single violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what’s right the night Tulsa burns.

Review:

Dreamland Burning is a story that I didn’t know about. This story is told in two perspectives Rowan (a mixed black girl) and Willam (white guy living in 1921 Jim Crow era) Both perspectives live in Tulsa oklahoma. William side of the story talks about a lot racism during his time and the riots in Tulsa. William has to go along with his friends and family because where he lives it’s a very racist town. Blacks are treated unfair and even are killed.

Rowan perspective is present time she found human remains in her back shed behind the house. For the most part of the story she is trying to find out who the body is and how it ended up around her house.

I have to be honest I was excited to read this but about 20% in I realized I didn’t like how the book was written or set up. It became confusing at times. I did listen to this on audio and at one point I wanted to DNF it but it’s fairly quick especially listening on the speed I listen to it at. I think overall the idea behind this story was great now I want to know more about the Tusla riots. But this was just okay not amazing at all. Maybe at a later date I may re read this but for now this is like a 2.75 star rating. 

**January Buzzwordathon read – theme dream**

Rating: 2.75 ⭐⭐⭐

Watch “Buzzwordathon TBR 2021” on YouTube

I have posted my buzzwordathon tbr for the year long reading challenge. Check out my video to see all that I’ll be reading. The buzzwordathon is hosted by booktuber booksandlala and there are themes for each month. You plan your tbr around those themes and just have fun. 😊

Buzzwordathon Yearly Challenge – January 2021

Starting the first book of 2021, I’m participating in #buzzwordathon 2021 for the whole year. January word is Dream, so I chose Dreamland Burning by #jenniferlatham I heard this was a very good story that deals with race and the Jim Crow laws. I was happy I found this though my library, another goal of mines is to use my library more this year. I’ll post my full tbr for buzzwordathon soon.