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  1. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    Thank you, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, for the ARC copy I am incredibly excited to get into this story Original Not only does this sound like an incredible story, but this COVER I m in love I cannot stop looking at it There s something about sunglasses on a cover reflecting images that I absolutely adore.I will definitely be picking this one up and you should too Thank you, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, for the ARC copy I am incredibly excited to get into this story Original Not only does this sound like an incredible story, but this COVER I m in love I cannot stop looking at it There s something about sunglasses on a cover reflecting images that I absolutely adore.I will definitely be picking this one up and you should too


  2. Warda Warda says:

    Received a review copy on Netgalley Thank you to Simon and Shuster s UK for this early read.


  3. Vanessa Menezes Vanessa Menezes says:

    If there s not justice for one of us, there s no justice for any of us That just sums up the whole book I think this book is a perfect read for what is going on in the world today and also it educates us how little things have changed along the years since the riots of 1967 and again in 1992.I learned a lot from reading this book I think it does a good job highlighting the hurt and injustice that black people face in their day to day lives.Also all I want to say is Also, kudos to the author If there s not justice for one of us, there s no justice for any of us That just sums up the whole book I think this book is a perfect read for what is going on in the world today and also it educates us how little things have changed along the years since the riots of 1967 and again in 1992.I learned a lot from reading this book I think it does a good job highlighting the hurt and injustice that black people face in their day to day lives.Also all I want to say is Also, kudos to the author as this is her debut novel, I am eagerly looking forward tobooks by her.Highly recommended to everyone Thank You NetGalley and Simon and Schuster UK for this ARC


  4. Irena BookDustMagic Irena BookDustMagic says:

    Review to come.


  5. Fanna Fanna says:

    July 01, 2020 This took me around a month to finish reading, not because it was slow but also because it was slow I mean, it s an important read and largely character based which I m slightly anti biased towards so the pacing is super slow and that took some time for me to make actual progress through this Anyway, this was great The Black Kids is a teen girl s story set in the 1990s during a period of community uproar demanding justice after the inhumane police brutality seen by Rodney King July 01, 2020 This took me around a month to finish reading, not because it was slow but also because it was slow I mean, it s an important read and largely character based which I m slightly anti biased towards so the pacing is super slow and that took some time for me to make actual progress through this Anyway, this was great The Black Kids is a teen girl s story set in the 1990s during a period of community uproar demanding justice after the inhumane police brutality seen by Rodney King a young Black man Ashley, the main character, is grateful for the life her parents have worked to built for her a safe neighborhood, a reputed high school, and a sheltered lens to view the world through But the perspective gradually changes when not only does her city burn up in protest but also her own sister is too close to the fire Despite being a historical fiction, the events and sentiments depicted in the book are well relevant even today The evident racism and microaggression that becomes clear enough to acknowledge only when a deeply moving, and often saddening, incident happens is an unfortunate yet timely exploration As the riots get heated, the dynamics of a Black teen with her white friends, her family, her rebellious but self assured sister, and herself changes A definitive recommendation This story can grow empathy towards the Black community who have been and still are facing hurtful, and highly destructive, prejudice for their skin color It s educational and emotionally impacting it s complexity is wildly accurate and a must for everyone to increase their understanding of past and current scenarios June 4, 2020 A historical fiction coming of age debut that focuses on race, class and violence through a wealthy Black teenager during the riots in 1992 I m SO excited to read this Received a digital copy through Netgalley


  6. Sana Sana says:

    A salient coming of age story about a black teen named Ashley transitioning into young adulthood just as the Rodney King riots begin More reasons I m excited for this IT S SET IN THE 90s, THAT COVER IS FIRE and I love that it s already been optioned O SourceA salient coming of age story about a black teen named Ashley transitioning into young adulthood just as the Rodney King riots begin More reasons I m excited for this IT S SET IN THE 90s, THAT COVER IS FIRE and I love that it s already been optioned O Source


  7. Nicole (Half Wild Books) Nicole (Half Wild Books) says:

    The Black Kids is emotive, educational and groundbreaking, Christina Hammonds Reed uses her voice to encourage readers to leave the comfort of their privilege and speak out Perfect for fans of The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, Reed weaves the past and present in this coming of age drama, about a war between the world and racism This might be one of the most important books of the year This book is a historical fiction, centering around the LA Protests in 1992, a true historic event I m ashame The Black Kids is emotive, educational and groundbreaking, Christina Hammonds Reed uses her voice to encourage readers to leave the comfort of their privilege and speak out Perfect for fans of The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, Reed weaves the past and present in this coming of age drama, about a war between the world and racism This might be one of the most important books of the year This book is a historical fiction, centering around the LA Protests in 1992, a true historic event I m ashamed to say I knew little about A state of emergency was declared in April 1992 as LA erupted into riots after four white officers beat a Black motorist These events, despite taking placethan thirty years ago, are strikingly similar to the news of today, echoing the importance of supporting Black Lives Matter movements, and Black authors It s not just about the cops, right It s all of it Yes, the LAPD is racist as hell, and black and brown communities get policed differently than white ones That s a fact But also, the school suck There s no jobs You don t give people any opportunities to make something of themselves We follow protagonist Ashley, who lives in a wealthy neighborhood with her family, and attends a prestigious school Her parents have done their best to shelter her from the violence of racism, and the heritage of her family, ensuring she is financially funded and has a secure life But Ashley can t stay young forever All the Black Kids have to grow up faster than the rest, with injustice meaning they have to learn how to act around police, and what they can t do even when their white friends do it anyway Life isn t easy for her, and it s only going to get harder Ashley is such a compelling narrator, and her voice feels so real She acknowledges her fear about speaking out, her reluctance to make new friends and the struggles she faces navigating her last few weeks at high school We see her inner battle as she endures racism from her childhood friends, who see it merely as a joke Her narrative is thought provoking I m always saying things are cool when maybe they aren t Sometimes I have so much to say that I can t say anything at all I want to take a moment to discuss her friends Courtney, Kimberly, Michael, and the rest of her friends all felt uncomfortably realistic I m sure we have all met someone like these characters, and allowed them push others around in their self centered bubbles They joke that sneaking around would be easier without Ashley because she is black Even when it came to the protests, kids were only taking part because everyone else was and they wanted to look cool, or simply have a day off school The mailman in one of the very first scenes does a double take when Ashley s Black parents answer the door All of this is not right Reed places them in the story to remind us to have uncomfortable conversations with our family, to challenge our friends, and stand up for people like Ashley If all the heroes in our stories are white, what does that make us The Black kids is unflinching when it comes to mental health representation We see Jo, Ashley s sister and Michael s mother struggle through depression We also have the portrayal of domestic violence, and the young kids who have to endure it because they don t have anywhere else to go I wish I could thank Reed for her honest portrayal of these issues.The tone shifts throughout the novel In the beginning, Ashley is with her friends, its bright and full of imagery However, as we progress, the tone gradually becomes mellow and blue as though we feel the sadness of LA weighing upon the narrative We begin to shift back and forth in time, learning the history of Ashley s family, what she endured in childhood and school One moment that stuck out to me was the list Ashley compiled of each age she had endured a racial slur It was harrowing, a reminder of the harsh reality Black people face, no matter how financially privileged they are.Overall, I can t recommend this enough As a YA contemporary and historical fiction, it is one of the most impactful books I have read this year I encourage everyone to read it It s about all of us About all our black and brown brothers and sisters struggling to make ends meet in a system set up for them to fail We have to change the system


  8. Kaitlyn Carpenter Kaitlyn Carpenter says:

    The Black Kids is Christina Hammonds Reed s debut novel and I believe it will become as popular as Angie Thomas s The Hate U Give debut novel This book shows how history repeats itself if we do not actively work to improve our world The Black Kids follows Ashley, a black kid in a rich neighborhood and school, that doesn t quite feel like she fits in anywhere She realizes her childhood friends like Kimberly are not as supportive as she needs right now as riots and protests break out in Los An The Black Kids is Christina Hammonds Reed s debut novel and I believe it will become as popular as Angie Thomas s The Hate U Give debut novel This book shows how history repeats itself if we do not actively work to improve our world The Black Kids follows Ashley, a black kid in a rich neighborhood and school, that doesn t quite feel like she fits in anywhere She realizes her childhood friends like Kimberly are not as supportive as she needs right now as riots and protests break out in Los Angeles This story follows Ashley and her family in 1992 just after Rodney King had been beaten to an inch of his life by several uniformed officers and caught on tape When the officers are acquitted, Los Angeles breaks out in protests and riots because of the racial tensions and injustice that has been mounting This story is a coming of age historical fiction novel focusing on how some of our history has come back to repeat itself As readers, it makes us wonder the essential question right now Is anything different this time What can we do different this time to make lasting change I chose to read this book because of my need and want for understanding and to be able to get a glimpse into what life is like for the black kids I work with and the adults that desperately need understanding and support right now This book was particularly difficult at times to read because it felt too similar to what is going on right now with the Black Lives Matter Movement It felt like I would read for a while, about events that happened the year I was born, then watch the news or get on Twitter and see it all over again It was important to read and I enjoyed it, but I had to take frequent breaks because it felt like my heart was breaking all the time This is a feeling I think needs to be embraced by the readers because it is SO important that we make sure that it ends different this time We need to make sure to keep pushing for all of those unwarranted deaths of innocent black lives are the fuel to our fire unrest I believe that this book will be so influential and important in our time We white people need to be able sit in the uncomfort and see how we can change and improve the world for black lives Look to the black voices like Christina Hammonds Reed, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Tiffany Jackson, and Jason Reynolds and manyto the path we all need to follow The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed comes out in Augus 2020 it might just be the best thing published this year


  9. Previouslyunread (Rhiannon) Previouslyunread (Rhiannon) says:

    Wow Just wow.This book was poignant and lyrical The only other book I can compare it to is The Hate you Give but in my opinion they re on completely different levels both bring important subjects to the table.The Black Kids centres around Ashley, a highschool senior living in Los Angeles Ashley s family are pretty well off and as such she goes to a predominately white school and has been pretty sheltered from the atroscities commited against other POC in her city The story follows her thro Wow Just wow.This book was poignant and lyrical The only other book I can compare it to is The Hate you Give but in my opinion they re on completely different levels both bring important subjects to the table.The Black Kids centres around Ashley, a highschool senior living in Los Angeles Ashley s family are pretty well off and as such she goes to a predominately white school and has been pretty sheltered from the atroscities commited against other POC in her city The story follows her through the reaction and aftermath of the protests against the brutal beating of Rodney King.Ashley in herself is a great character She is flawed and relatable The story being set in the 90s just goes to prove how little we ve improved in our racial biases and predjudices Although its set in the 90s, I feel like the other issues it covers such as slut shaming are also still so relatable today Even now boys are admired for the same behvours that girls are called sluts for Ashley begins the story with not really understanding the fight that other black people are fighting each day She is uncomfortable with her friends uses of slurs but doesn t really do much to combat it herself She also doesn t feel comfortable associating with the other black kids at her school and instead centres her whole high school existence around her 3 white friends one of which uses racial slurs constantly It was really nice to see Ashley accepting herself and feeling safe to call out her friends micoaggressions.I found myself really questioning my own behaviours whilst reading this book I am a white woman in a predominately white area of England There were no black kids at my school and going away to university was really my first chance to see other cultures I know I have racial biases and predjudices and books like this really help me understand and hoepfully change my behaviour.If you re going to read one book this year, this book is it.Rating Thankyou to netgalley for my review copy


  10. Becca Becca says:

    I am not sure how to feel about this book at all At times it s amazing It s historical fiction that is absolutely relevant today But there were a few things that I didn t like The writing style is great, but in places the plot is hard to follow I think this is an eARC format thing, but the present past switching isn t smooth Ash is the kid of well off Black parents She goes to a school where most of the kids are rich, and all of her friends are White Her parents have made sure she has I am not sure how to feel about this book at all At times it s amazing It s historical fiction that is absolutely relevant today But there were a few things that I didn t like The writing style is great, but in places the plot is hard to follow I think this is an eARC format thing, but the present past switching isn t smooth Ash is the kid of well off Black parents She goes to a school where most of the kids are rich, and all of her friends are White Her parents have made sure she has grown up sheltered, and in doing this she sort of just lets her friends get away with being jerks They are bullies and often racist Ash doesn t feel like she fits in with them any, but doesn t see herself as one of the Black kids at her school The historical elements are important, and are almost being replicated in present times This book definitely educated me as I am ashamed to admit that I didn t know about the 1992 LA protests before I also liked how Ash grew as a person, and she was definitely muchmature at the end of the book having made a lot of mistakes She starts standing up for herself and calling people out and I love that So what didn t I like Mostly, that Ash is super judgemental about weight I think this is partly due to her friends influence, and her mother s who does exercise tapes really early in the morning But if someone looks like they ve gained weight, Ash comments on it, and that made me super uncomfortable Overall, a very educating read but I feel like the plot could have had a better flow And I wish Ash hadn t been so judgemental, but she was ALOT better than her friends, who are the worst


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The Black Kids Perfect for fans of The Hate U Give, this unforgettable coming of age debut novel explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of theRodney King Riots Los Angeles,Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life It s the end of senior year and they re spending time at the beach than in the classroom They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer Everything changes one afternoon in April, when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death Suddenly, Ashley s not just one of the girls She s one of the black kids As violent protests engulf LA and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal Even as her self destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots Even as the model black family fa ade her wealthy and prominent parents have built starts to crumble Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson With her world splintering around her, Ashley, along with the rest of LA, is left to question who is the us And who is the them

  • Audible Audio
  • The Black Kids
  • Christina Hammonds Reed
  • English
  • 09 January 2017

About the Author: Christina Hammonds Reed

Christina Hammonds Reed holds an MFA in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California s School of Cinematic Arts Her short fiction has previously appeared in the Santa Monica Review She lives in Hermosa Beach, CA.