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Aug 01, 2021kakmwr rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Twin sisters, black but very fair complexion and one leaves the other and lives as a white women, lying about her past. Good read but dissapointed in the ending.
Jul 27, 2021Kidbean rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. Lots of dialogue, but it was well done dialogue that added to the story, not just added pages of drivel like many others. Thank you for a very good read!
Jul 23, 2021LoveLisaLisa rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I came into this story as both a reader as with all of us, and something else. Being multiracial, it has given my thoughts and feelings towards the story an interesting new perspective. Not being quite all one, or the other, it's been very…
Jun 30, 2021
I just picked up this book. I am new to the site and I think I'd booked it twice. I do not need another copy. Sorry. I'm learning as we go along
Jun 20, 2021
i was disappointed as i read this book. i wanted more meat, more serious exploration of the issues touched on. everything felt just that: touched on but not delved into. i didn't care about any of the characters except early; he was the…
Jun 16, 2021pterry25 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I could relate to some of the challenges of the kids being mean. I grew up in south Louisiana so some of the biases covred were true. Teh graddaughter being dark - probably not qite accurate. Overall, I enjoyed the book.
Jun 13, 2021LPL_MaryW rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Brit Bennett’s haunting second novel is carried on the shoulders of a robust cast of characters—namely, Stella and Desiree Vignes, twin sisters born in 1940s Louisiana, Black but pale as can be. Soon after running away to New Orleans,…
Jun 12, 2021LinChi rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Super interesting! It's about two black sisters who can pass off as white. They run away from their town one day to New Orleans, and one sister (Stella) eventually abandons the other as lives her life as a white woman, marrying rich. But…
May 26, 2021
NYT 2020 Top 10
May 14, 2021ericaimann rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book put life in perspective for me. Too often, I find myself not putting myself in other peoples shoes. This story is not a linear plot, climax and ending. This story speaks on each individual and their own Vanishing Half. It's not…
May 06, 2021lilypad_1 rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
I thought the story of the sister who decided to "pass" was interesting but the rest of it was not. I hate it that a person has to give up their whole life and family in order to have a safe life. It is too bad the author switched around…
May 05, 2021writermala rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Brit Bennett has thought up a good plot and developed it very intelligently. Desiree and Stella Vignes are twins growing up in a small town in the deep South. They run away from home as teenagers and that is where the story starts. Desiree…
Apr 29, 2021
I am shocked that readers actually found this book compelling. I almost stopped reading five times but did finish. For me, it was a total waste of time.
Apr 27, 2021Zoelexi777 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
This was a very interesting book to read. It started out on the slow side side but the storyline soon captured my attention.
Apr 27, 2021512cadcock rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This was an enjoyable read about family, secrets, and identity. Highlighted how others perceive you affects how you perceive yourself and vice versa. Never predictable, it was true to real life and had a satisfying ending. Recommend.
Apr 15, 2021
Reading this book as a white passing person of color has been extremely inspiring. It is like mixed people have a switch for how they act around their black families, and then how they act in public towards white people. And when the two…
Apr 12, 2021KatG1983 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A really beautiful and moving story of identity and family, and how our choices echo down the years to our children.
Apr 05, 2021meggos rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The book was good. I had a few confused moments when unsure what was going on in the story line, like going back to Early and Desiree. I like when authors change font style so you know. I was sad at the end to know that Stella was just…
Mar 30, 2021BeckyR21 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
An interesting premise. It moves through the decades quite abruptly at times, although with quite a few fascinating characters, I wanted to keep reading to see how they would fare. The resolution seemed unfulfilled for me, but perhaps that…
Mar 29, 2021maipenrai rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
First of all I want to state that this book is compelling reading and the characters are well developed. As timely topics, the novel's two main themes deal with hatred of "others" - those who do not have the same skin color or gender…
Mar 25, 2021
Maybe an AARP recommendation?
Mar 22, 2021ellenorndorf rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
This book is about twins-one lives as a black woman, the other, Stella lives as a white woman. The story is very well written. Jude, the black woman's daughter ends up of the U of M in medical school.
Mar 17, 2021Lucilledaughter01 rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
It was a good story, but the characters really never came alive for me, so it was just a so-so read. The sections of years just kind of list what happened. And it just ends rather abruptly with Adele's funeral.
Mar 16, 2021ArapahoeJulieH rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This captivating novel spans the period of the 1960s – 1990s. Light skinned identical twin sisters, Desiree, and Stella, flee their rural hometown in Louisiana and become runaways at 16. They become estranged after their lives take…
Mar 13, 2021peacebenow rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
This starts out to be the story of twin sisters Desiree and Stella growing up in a small southern town that is under control of Jim Crow rules. They run away to escape the drudgery of the small town. In a short while Stella chooses a…