“This is another book that I decided to read because I "met" the author through Shelf Awareness' Book Brahmin. Lester mentioned some of my favorite books in her interview so I decided to read her YA novel.
Nina is a freshman in high school whose whole world seems to be coming apart. Her parents are separated, one of her best friends has moved away and suddenly the fact that she is biracial seems to matter. The beginning of the book is a great set up for your typical Young Adult problem novel.
Early on, Nina's father tells her he is writing a novel based on her great-great-grandmother Sarah's life. Imagine my surprise when it turns out that Sarah is from a plantation in Hanover County. This is where I live. I could not guess that a book set California could have anything that has to do with Virginia. This was just so strange and so different from the usual YA book.
Lester does a good job with both tales within this story. Nina has to deal with her problems, but also realize what her ancestor dealt with. This is a lot for a high school freshman, but Nina can handle it. The story does not come to easy solutions, but it shouldn't. Nina does have to find herself.
I recommend this novel to any teen trying to figure out who they are. Although Nina's life does have its own particular issues, they can be used to think about any young adult's own life.”