Peas and Carrots

Peas and Carrots

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When Dess's mother is arrested again, Dess ends up living with her baby brother Austin's foster family. And she couldn't be more different than her foster parents or their daughter Hope. But Austin loves both Dess and Hope like sisters, and the girls eventually realize that there's not just one definition of family and even though they may be different, family knows no barriers.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780553512816
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 25, 2016

Good idea....un likable main characters. Loved the idea of foster family. Loved the idea of mixing a white girl into a black family. However it took 3/4 of the book for your main character to start acting normal nice. So there was very little space for the two girls to grow together and respect each other. I wish it had gone more into trust issues with her new family alot quicker instead of waiting till the last chapter to smush it all in. It lacked the emotional impact due to the main characters acting so distasteful for so long.

Aug 03, 2016

An engaging young adult novel about two very different teen girls. Dess, a white, hard-edged foster kid with a traumatic background, is taken in by a middle-class African-American family and finds herself at odds with their naive and sheltered daughter, Hope. Davis manages to make the well-meaning Hope, struggling with her own insecurities, just as sympathetic as the difficult but dynamic Dess, and the girls' slow climb from enemies to friends is enjoyable. It's not a plot-driven or fast-paced book (Dess is convinced that her abusive dad's gang is after her, but that is probably her PTSD, not reality), but well-worth reading--especially if you like stories about black girls that defy stereotypes.


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