Book for Teens with a #Blackvoice: THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD Book Review
Updated: Mar 9
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About The Book:
Title: THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Author: Jade Adia
Pub. Date: March 7, 2023
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Find it: Goodreads, https://mybook.to/jade-adia
A raised fist against the destructive forces of gentrification and a love letter to communities of color everywhere, Jade Adia's unforgettable debut tells the darkly hilarious story of three best friends willing to do whatever it takes to stay together. The gang is fake, but the fear is real. Rhea’s neighborhood is fading away―the mom-and-pop shops of her childhood forced out to make space for an artisanal kombucha brewery here, a hot yoga studio there. And everywhere, the feeling that this place is no longer meant for her. Because while their little corner of South L.A. isn’t perfect, to Rhea and her two best friends, it’s something even more important―it’s home. And it’s worth protecting. But as more white people flock to their latest edgy, urban paradise for its cheap rent and sparkling new Whole Foods, more of Rhea’s friends and family are pushed out. Until Rhea decides it’s time to push back. Armed with their cellphones and a bag of firecrackers, the friends manipulate social media to create the illusion of gang violence in their neighborhood. All Rhea wanted to do was protect her community. Her friends. Herself. No one was supposed to get hurt. No one was supposed to die. But is anyone ever really safe when you’re fighting power with fear?
Reviews: "Equally strong in its magnetic messiness and potent candor, the novel plunges into discussions of youth activism, capitalism-fueled displacement, and racism’s myriad forms with fierce vision and conviction. A robust cast of characters diverse across various dimensions gives voice to contemporary perspectives on community-oriented social justice and performative wokeness . . . this one’s a much-needed read. Plain terrific."――Kirkus Reviews "In this riveting portrait of community care, debut author Adia paints the pain, danger, and consequences of gentrification with visceral clarity, highlighting changes such as displacement and fractured families via Rhea’s biting and witty voice and her unwavering loyalty to her hometown."――Publishers Weekly
I give THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
In-your-face and edgy, THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD, truly represents BIPOC voices loud and clear. Rhea, the main character, is witty and courageous. Her friends Malachi and Zeke are optimal counter partners in this adventure to save their neighborhood.
This was an easy read and I feel it will be a book that will resonate with many teens. My only dislike is the overuse of the "N" word, which felt a little overdone and cliche. My favorite thing about the book is the descriptions of the neighborhood and food. I could taste, smell, and visualize South LA perfectly.
Overall, this is a classic and I believe this will become a favorite book for many teen readers.
About Jade Adia:
Born and raised in South LA, Jade Adia writes stories about gentrification, Black teen joy, and the sh*tshow that is capitalism.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Ethnicity, Race & Migration, and a certificate in Human Rights. She recently survived law school, graduating with a specialization in Critical Race Studies. There Goes the Neighborhood is her debut novel.
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