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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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    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...

    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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    Its meh

    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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    Great book! Intriguing, haunting and well written!

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    Sorry I purchased this one...

    Trying valiantly to get through the first part of this story. It is very disjointed, no flow. I will be sure to download the sampler from now on and not base my purchases on the synopsis.

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