This Is My America

This Is My America is your next must read! Honest, unflinching, thrilling, hopeful, heart wrenching. I was on the edge of my seat and on the verge of tears.
 

Synopsis:

“Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time–her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?”–Publisher’s Synopsis
 

Review:

WOW!⠀

I finished this one last night and it was so many wonderful things. Honest, unflinching, thrilling, hopeful, heart wrenching. I was on the edge of my seat and on the verge of tears. ⠀

Kim Johnson has penned the next new must read! (The book that I wish didn’t have to exist if white people would check their privilege and racism and make sweeping changes in prison and police reform.) With a nod to Just Mercy (and reminiscent of All American Boys, and THUG), THIS IS MY AMERICA will expand your compassion and strengthen your resolve for change. ⠀

And make sure to read her Author’s Note at the end, as well. Very impressive and informative!

TW: murder, off the page lynching (historical), racism, Black trauma, white nationalist groups

 
Thanks to Random House Children’s for the advance copy of This Is My America by Kim Johnson in exchange for an honest review.
 

Book Details

This Is My America
by Kim Johnson
Published July 28th 2020 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Summary

This Is My America is a new favorite and your next must read! Honest, unflinching, thrilling, hopeful, heart wrenching. I was on the edge of my seat and on the verge of tears! It will open your eyes, and hopefully your heart.

— Cassie
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