Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Book Review: That White Girl: A Novel by J. Love

Mar 27, 2012

Book Review: That White Girl: A Novel by J. Love

Description from Goodreads:
What happens when a white girl flirts with the color lines and crosses the border into gang territory, where the bullets are in part real and the rules cannot be broken? JLove tells this incredible story inspired by her own remarkable life.
Amber, a fearless white girl, has a passion for rap lyrics and an addiction to graffiti, but her journey begins when she becomes immersed in the power and grind of gang life after holding a gun to an innocent man's head during a robbery.
That White Girl is a sharp and candid coming-of-age story, with hip-hop as its backdrop, that explores a young woman's struggles and triumphs as she crosses boundaries, discovers her own limits, and finds a new way to express herself in a world divided into black and white.

My Thoughts:
This book started off slow, but after getting through 1/3 of the book, it finally started to pick up. This isn't your typical "urban fiction" as the main character is white. Amber is naive and decides she wants to runs the streets and joins the crips gang. The book follows her through high school, college and then a few years after college. She gets involved in drinking, drugs, graffiti, robbery and a few other crimes through high school. She finally starts to straighten up her life in college, but encounters many other obstacles that affect her life. She eventually finds herself and things fall into place. There were parts of this book that were very interesting, and some parts fell short but overall it was a good read. 

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

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