The Only Black Girl in the Room by Alex Travis
I received this ARC from Alcove Press (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
Genevieve Francis has been stuck, both professionally and personally, ever since Jude, her ex-boyfriend, proposed to her at his father's funeral. Now she's working for a newspaper staffed mostly by straight white folk, unable to avoid their microaggressions or further her career. But then she gets a chance to make a name for herself: writing a profile on Jude, wealthy and desired CEO. Mixing ethics and an old flame - what could possibly go wrong?
I loved this so much! What an incredible debut. I adored Genevieve right from the start, thanks in no small part to the exceptionally strong narrative voice that Travis gave her. It made me sit up and pay attention. I'm also keen on second-chance stories - and this is one of the most satisfying ones that I have read, because both MCs had to really work for it and we get to see them both grow so much. Gosh, I am going to be thinking about this book for weeks.
Lastly, I should add that it's so important for these stories to be told, but it's equally as important that we read them.
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, can be found dabbling in multiple genres and writing forms. She has self-published several titles in her space opera family saga, which is divided into two series: The Galactic Pantheon and The Pantheon War. Her most recent book is The Shadow of the Gods.
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