Genesis Begins Again

Genesis Begins Again

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481465809
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wil
Description: 364 pages ; 22 cm


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Genesis struggles with fitting in while her family struggles with staying together.

Genesis struggles with fitting in while her family struggles with staying together.

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 20, 2020

This is an uncomfortable but important read for middle graders and up. Genesis is a beautifully relatable heroine...and whether it's a window or a mirror book for the reader, this explains an insiders view of colorism and how psychologically damaging it really is. TW for emotional abuse, themes of addiction, and self harm.

This book was Ammazing!!!!!! but it was also kinda sad):;
diff recommend for 12- up

Aug 11, 2020

Holy cow, this book is amazing. I learned so much from it about colorism, strength in adversity and self-awareness. I would love to have Genesis as a friend, she rocks.

Jun 08, 2020

Colorism is insidious, and Genesis Begins Again is an illuminating portrait of how it affects kids from birth. Heartwarming and heartbreaking in turns, Genesis's story is worth reading by all readers.

ArapahoeMary Dec 10, 2019

Genesis longs for friends, and for her daddy to love, her, but believes that the way she looks is preventing both of those things. She will do anything to change her appearance, but when things start to look up for her in a new school, will she begin to understand her own worth? Heartbreaking and beautiful.

Jan 31, 2019

An intimate portrait of the life of a 13-year-old girl who struggles with self-loathing. She is part of an intact family, but where do you cross the line from keeping the family together to putting the father's needs above the child's? Unfortunately the faith in her grandmother's life does not translate into the love and support Genesis needs. The world Genesis lives in is unfamiliar to me and this novel opens my eyes to the struggles of young women like her. Many young tweens and young teen girls will be able to relate to Genesis and root for her.


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blue_hummingbird_825 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 12

WVMLlibrarianShannon Mar 01, 2019

WVMLlibrarianShannon thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


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Aug 11, 2020

"Mama laughs, and I can't help but to burst out laughing too. And we carry on like this so long that we forget what we're even laughing about in the first place. I like when we laugh. And I like that I'm funny. And I'm sure I like a whole lot of things...and truth is, I can't wait to discover 'em all."

Aug 11, 2020

"Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Good. We artists feel everything. We're very vulnerable beings, and sometimes we collapse our bodies without even knowing. It makes us feel safe. We have to fight that."


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