Note: I received a ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are solely my own honest ones.

“if something is wrong, you don’t sit back and let the wrong continue. You go out and you do your part to change it.”

If the above quote speaks to you, you should read this book. I have not read the first two books in the series, but this third installment on its own is quite powerful in itself. In first-person narration, a young white teenager talks about his personal experience in a piece of history—the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s—and his travels with his friends, who were both white and colored.

In light of recent events in our world today, this read is important in remembering the racist past of the United States, and learning from that past to better this country. The cast of characters are mostly young teenagers who want to change the world, but first need a plan. They all have different life experiences and bring their own perspectives to what they want to accomplish, which is really good for showing the reader other aspects (instead of just the narrator’s point of view).

Right away on their journey, the group encounters racism that affects them all, yet some more than others. There are no exaggerations on the violence depicted, which can be a wake-up call for readers who don’t have as much knowledge of this part of history. The story itself leads to further research by grabbing the reader’s interest in gaining more knowledge about this period of time.

I enjoyed the writing style of the author, who was able to capture different characters through their dialogue and how she wrote their accents. Though Ysrayl is not a white teenage boy, she is able to write his narration convincingly, while also being able to give other perspectives through the rest of the characters. There were minor spelling and punctuation characters, but they were not super distracting (and I’m particular myself anyway, being an editor).

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and flew through it in one sitting, and I think everyone should read this to gain more perspective on the past. It’s important to remember how we got to today, and to make sure we don’t regress as a society back to that. Books like these are great for anyone who wants to know more but doesn’t want to sit down with a history textbook, for someone who wants a more personal perspective on these events.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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