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Rachel, the daughter of a danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop.

Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African American grandmother as her guardian, Rachel is thrust for the first time into a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring a constant stream of attention her way. It’s there, as she grows up and tries to swallow her grief, that she comes to understand how the mystery and tragedy of her mother might be connected to her own uncertain identity.

This searing and heartwrenching portrait of a young biracial girl dealing with society’s ideas of race and class is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.

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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
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1 person found this helpful
Its meh
January 7th, 2015
Sorry to say but this book wasnt very good at all. The beginning was confusing and hard to follow, as per most readers reviews. Wasnt until midway/near the end that things were tied together. Took me a long time to read it as there was no lure to continue.
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Very good
November 1st, 2014
Rachel is the daughter of an American black G.I. and a Danish mother who goes to live with her paternal grandma in Portland after surviving a horrible family tragedy. She tries to fit into an African American community in which her light skin and eyes constantly draw attention to her. Her story is beautifully told through compelling vignettes and different characters’ points of view. My only criticism is that it felt like it ended rather abruptly.
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The girl who fell...
March 2nd, 2014
A bit of a gut wrenching read. Rachel's struggles with her identity makes this reader feel that the adults in her life are not doing their job. Her grandmother struggles in her own way but life seems only to be about her. Rachel's aunt got it but left too soon to make an impact. Drew is a rock but a male one that lacks the insight to see Rachel's pain. Males take advantage except Brick. He knows which gives the reader hope. I'm sorry she did not get to read her mother's diaries.
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The girl who fell...
March 2nd, 2014
A bit of a gut wrenching read. Rachel's struggles with her identity makes this reader feel that the adults in her life are not doing their job. Her grandmother struggles in her own way but life seems only to be about her. Rachel's aunt got it but left too soon to make an impact. Drew is a rock but a male one that lacks the insight to see Rachel's pain. Males take advantage except Brick. He knows which gives the reader hope. I'm sorry she did not get to read her mother's diaries.
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The girl who fell from the sky
February 4th, 2014
Enjoyed the characters. Found the story a little difficult to follow till half way through the book
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January 25th, 2014
This book kept me interested enough to read to the end but it was not a book that left me wishing it hadn't ended. There was no lingering feeling, other than the surprise when I realized it was suddenly over. I have two main criticisms. The first is that I never truly felt a strong connection with the main character Rachel, or any other character for that matter. The other is that the novel ended quite abruptly without a feeling of the issues being resolved. I wouldn't recommend this to a friend but it wasn't terrible.
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January 24th, 2014
A very engaging story of a girl who finds herself through a tragedy. By telling the story from multiple characters' points of view the author has given a fair and broad view into the experiences of multiracial children, and those who don't fit a mold... A good story and well written.
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
November 30th, 2013
This was a suspenseful read watching Rachel discover the truth and learn to overcome such a tragic loss. Rachel wasn't the only one who had to deal with the tragedy and the way Durrow brought virtual strangers together through this event had me not wanting to out the book down. I was disappointed in the conclusion. Without giving a spoiler, I wanted to read more and how the characters would relate to one another. It didn't feel complete.
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The girl who fell from the sky
September 19th, 2013
Good read- I liked it but felt it could go a little deeper in some parts
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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
September 9th, 2013
Good story. Quick read and i enjoyed the way the story was written through young Rachels eyes.
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The girl who,fell from the sky
February 14th, 2013
A slow read that at times seemed disjointed. I did not like the way it jumped around, making it difficult to follow, with a tragic ending
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