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Sep 20, 2021niewegec rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I found the book very powerful, as it spoke to a time when race was still a defining factor in how you were able to live your life. The author wove together a very intricate and interesting tale of twin sisters who go in very different…
Sep 09, 2021christinalmn rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I had a hard time getting into this book but once I did I thought it provided a little bit of insight into the lives of people very different from me taking place in past decades with less acceptance of diversity. I enjoyed the character…
Sep 05, 2021uncommonreader rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A rather old-fashioned novel about identity. Women's Prize for Fiction short list.
Sep 01, 2021RVGood rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book. It was a well-crafted story and characters that you could really feel for. I read the book in two days. It is still resonating with me. A powerfully written novel.
Aug 27, 2021CamilleRalston rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
About twin sisters. One decides to pass as white and lives as a white woman while the other "stays" black and the story of their diverging lives as a result. Interesting...
Aug 19, 2021kmcdouall rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This family saga tracks the separate lives of twin sisters, descended from free blacks in Louisiana and initially living in a community marked for the light skin color of its African American inhabitants. One sister gives birth to a baby…
Aug 16, 2021LynJoan rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
Rarely do I leave a book unfinished, but that is what happened with this novel. At first I was quite interested, but it took too many self-indulgent turns and did not have focus so I abandoned it. I found it spent way too much time on…
Aug 13, 2021brnsuga rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
I listened to the audiobook, it did take me being halfway through the book before I actually felt like it was getting interesting. The 2 different lives the twin sisters lived was average. Neither girl did anything extraordinary to make…
Aug 13, 2021neyoscribbles rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
It was very well written that I could not put it down. It was easy to follow the different voices/timelines and there was just enough character development to feel like I was watching them experience life. I am a sucker for life's…
Aug 04, 2021nannerl rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I had trouble putting this book down, it was so well written. It seems that many here didn't like the ending, but it was realistic. In my opinion, there was no other ending possible. Like real life, everything isn't tied up in a neat bow…
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.