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We Deserve Monuments de Jas Hammonds
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We Deserve Monuments (edició 2022)

de Jas Hammonds (Autor)

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"An absolute must read." --Buzzfeed "A gripping portrayal of the South's inherent racism and a love story for queer Black girls." --Teen Vogue Family secrets, a swoon-worthy romance, and a slow-burn mystery collide in We Deserve Monuments, a YA debut from Jas Hammonds that explores how racial violence can ripple down through generations. What's more important? Knowing the truth or keeping the peace? Seventeen-year-old Avery Anderson is convinced her senior year is ruined when she's uprooted from her life in DC and forced into the hostile home of her terminally ill grandmother, Mama Letty. The tension between Avery's mom and Mama Letty makes for a frosty arrival and unearths past drama they refuse to talk about. Every time Avery tries to look deeper, she's turned away, leaving her desperate to learn the secrets that split her family in two. While tempers flare in her avoidant family, Avery finds friendship in unexpected places: in Simone Cole, her captivating next-door neighbor, and Jade Oliver, daughter of the town's most prominent family--whose mother's murder remains unsolved. As the three girls grow closer--Avery and Simone's friendship blossoming into romance--the sharp-edged opinions of their small southern town begin to hint at something insidious underneath. The racist history of Bardell, Georgia is rooted in Avery's family in ways she can't even imagine. With Mama Letty's health dwindling every day, Avery must decide if digging for the truth is worth toppling the delicate relationships she's built in Bardell--or if some things are better left buried.… (més)
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Títol:We Deserve Monuments
Autors:Jas Hammonds (Autor)
Informació:Roaring Brook Press (2022), 384 pages
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Yes, monuments are deserved, and kudos for the author. The characters, the setting, the issues, the love, the uncertainty, the humor, the dancing under the stars, and a lazy river witnessing life... pretty good way to send out a year.
2022 read. ( )
  bookczuk | Jan 3, 2023 |
In her senior year of high school, Avery must leave her DC home and friends to move to Georgia with her parents to care for her terminally ill and estranged grandmother. It's an unhappy situation, because not only does Avery dislike the idea of small town living, but her mother and grandmother have a toxic relationship with constant fighting. Told mostly from Avery's point of view, we are with her as she makes two good friends, one of whom becomes a serious romance, and as she persists in establishing a relationship with her curmudgeonly dying grandmother. Painful family secrets from the past are at the heart of the family discord as well as the stressors on Avery's relationship with Simone, but Avery persists in uncovering them. This novel reminds us of the tragedies of racism and violence, and the impact that they carry into the future. The narrative moves along quickly without being heavy-handed about issues, and the few post-pandemic references will not relegate this story to being dated. ( )
  sleahey | Jan 2, 2023 |
I just finished We Deserve Monuments and I have to say this was a pretty good book. There are actually several stories told in this book. The main story is about a teenager girl going to a small town in Georgia with her parents to be with her dying grandmother. I love how the three generations of women come together and find live and understanding. Mama Letty is a hoot! Avery the teenager finds herself in a small town trying to get to know herself and her mother and grandmother. I like how Avery and her new friends became friends with no judgement of their choices in life. They had rough times to go through but they work them out and we’re there for each other when they needed each other. I really enjoyed Avery and Mama Letty getting to know each other and Mama Letty talking about her past. Overall this was a very enjoyable book and I would definitely recommend it. ( )
  lkatz59 | Dec 20, 2022 |
Wow. I wasn't planning on reading a second book yesterday, but this one refused to let me put it down. Mix southern small town racism, friendship, very painful family history, and some fragile romance together and mix well. This is the result. Mama Letty is prickly and foul mouthed, but still sympathetic and oddly likable. Avery, Simone, and Jude grow on you as their friendship and convoluted histories reveal themselves. The horrible aspects behind everything are revealed in an understated way that is extremely effective and the surprise at the end is done perfectly. ( )
  sennebec | Dec 12, 2022 |
We Deserve Monuments follows Avery, a lesbian, biracial high school senior who moves to her mother's small Georgia hometown with her parents to help her dying grandmother, Mama Letty. She doesn't know Mama Letty and barely remembers her. Her mother and grandmother start fighting almost as soon as they arrive, and Avery is determined to discover their secrets and end the hostility.
Avery initially resolves to complete her senior year with no involvement or drama, but makes two friends, one of whom becomes a love interest.
This book is a deeply complex character-driven story which navigates intergenerational trauma, the ugliness of southern racism, white privilege, homophobia, police brutality, female friendships, family secrets, and identity.
This coming-of-age debut novel is beautifully written, powerful, emotional, gripping and utterly heartrending. We Deserve Monuments deserves awards.Thank you to BookishFirst for a copy to review. ( )
  PennyOlson | Dec 5, 2022 |
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"An absolute must read." --Buzzfeed "A gripping portrayal of the South's inherent racism and a love story for queer Black girls." --Teen Vogue Family secrets, a swoon-worthy romance, and a slow-burn mystery collide in We Deserve Monuments, a YA debut from Jas Hammonds that explores how racial violence can ripple down through generations. What's more important? Knowing the truth or keeping the peace? Seventeen-year-old Avery Anderson is convinced her senior year is ruined when she's uprooted from her life in DC and forced into the hostile home of her terminally ill grandmother, Mama Letty. The tension between Avery's mom and Mama Letty makes for a frosty arrival and unearths past drama they refuse to talk about. Every time Avery tries to look deeper, she's turned away, leaving her desperate to learn the secrets that split her family in two. While tempers flare in her avoidant family, Avery finds friendship in unexpected places: in Simone Cole, her captivating next-door neighbor, and Jade Oliver, daughter of the town's most prominent family--whose mother's murder remains unsolved. As the three girls grow closer--Avery and Simone's friendship blossoming into romance--the sharp-edged opinions of their small southern town begin to hint at something insidious underneath. The racist history of Bardell, Georgia is rooted in Avery's family in ways she can't even imagine. With Mama Letty's health dwindling every day, Avery must decide if digging for the truth is worth toppling the delicate relationships she's built in Bardell--or if some things are better left buried.

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