This Side of Home

This Side of Home

Book - 2015
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Twins Nikki and Maya Younger always agreed on most things, but as they head into their senior year they react differently to the gentrification of their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood and the new--white--family that moves in after their best friend and her mother are evicted.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2015
ISBN: 9781599906683
1599906686
Branch Call Number: TEEN F WAT
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 21 cm

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QnVz
Dec 11, 2017

I'm glad this exists. So important to have these conversations with our youth and ourselves ongoing.

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maroon_chicken
Feb 12, 2016

This is a great book about love, school, race, and gentrification that takes place in North East portland. Unlike so many other YA books, there was more to the plot than a love story, which was a relief. I have only two minor complaints about it. One, that she talks about her best friend Essence for the whole book but then forgets about her for a while, which seemed odd. The other is just a little geography thing— at one point they head north on marine drive, which just isn't possible. Besides that, it was a wonderful book.

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librarianvioleta
Nov 27, 2015

North Portland gets to be a character in this tale of building and fighting for your community. Maya is aware of the gentrification that is destroying her neighborhood, even as her twin sister is excited by the opportunity. Poetic prose, likeable characters, and a very tame romance between Maya and her new white neighbor make this a book that's not only enjoyable but accessible.

MEDINASTORYTIME Mar 03, 2015

Good read - JH

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