Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Lies We Tell OurselvesLies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a difficult book to read, but it was completely worth it. The point of view switches between Sarah, a black teenager who is one of the first to attend Jefferson High School and Linda, a white teenager who is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of integration. Forced to work together on a school project, Linda and Sarah eventually become to see beyond the color of each other’s skin to the person underneath.

Sarah’s descriptions of what the black kids endure from the white students are incredibly painful, as are Linda’s justifications for the behavior of both white kids and adults. Talley does a really good job of writing from both points of view. Both Linda and Sarah have very strong, unique voices and both changed as a result of knowing the other. I think it would make a great addition to reading lists relating to both identity and civil rights.

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