Genesis Begins Again

Genesis Begins Again

This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who is filled with self-loathing and must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself. There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. Like #95: Because her skin is so dark, people This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who is filled with self-loathin...

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Title:Genesis Begins Again
Author:Alicia D. Williams
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Genres:Childrens
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Genesis Begins Again Reviews

  • Sarah Wilsman
    Feb 05, 2019
    This should be an award contender - coming of age #ownvoices ...
  • Tasha
    Jan 21, 2019
    Genesis keeps a list of things that she hates about herself. Some of it is the color of her skin and the way that others tease her about how dark she is, unlike her light-skinned mother with good hair. Some of it is about the way that their family keeps getting kicked out of the houses...
  • kelly
    Feb 09, 2019
    Thirty pages into this and I could barely contain my excitement and my tears. Excitement for the fact that the literary community is finally beginning to turn its ear to Black girls issues, and tears for the many, many problems that Genesis, the main character, realistically faces. ...
  • Shari
    Jan 01, 2019
    This book is INCREDIBLE. My heart absolutely broke for Genesis as I read her story, thinking of all the amazing kids I?ve taught who might have felt that same self-loathing. This is a story that I hope will be a kinder mirror for those kids, showing them an honest glimpse of their ow...
  • Shari
    Jan 02, 2019
    This book is INCREDIBLE. My heart absolutely broke for Genesis as I read her story, thinking of all the amazing kids who might have felt that same self-loathing. This is a story that I hope will be a kinder mirror for those kids, showing them an honest glimpse of their own beauty, and ...
  • Leslie
    Feb 09, 2019
    In what reads like new beginnings, her father?s latest failure to pay the rent moves them out of Detroit and into white wealthy suburbia. Genesis? father has an opportunity for a promotion and her mother is revisiting her own prospects. A work contact agreed to rent them a big hous...
  • Tracy
    Feb 04, 2019
    Wow! I read this book after reading a book that I did not want to read and had taken me 2 weeks to finish, but this book I read the entire thing in a day because it was that good. The voices of the characters were authentic. I thought the topics were real which sucked me right into the...
  • Sandy Brehl
    Feb 19, 2019
    Bottom line: This novel may be perfect for middle grades, but it is an important work for teen and adult readers, too. Don't miss it. The plot, voice, and storytelling are so well constructed that the book can bear the weight of multiple strands about serious issues: bullying, friends...
  • Chelsea Bashore
    Dec 08, 2018
    Seriously stunning. This story hits on so many important things that deal with identity, belonging, and loving yourself. I can?t wait to hand this to my girls. ...
  • Kristin
    Dec 04, 2018
    Find More Reviews On My Blog! This is a story about growing up, discovering your self-worth, and learning how to navigate complicated relationship. Genesis Begins Again is one of the best middle grade novels that I have ever read. I appreciated the fact that Williams did not hold ba...
  • Ailynn Knox-Collins
    Feb 12, 2019
    I loved this book. I found myself 'talking'(at times yelling) to the main character as I sometimes do to TV shows - that's how involved I was in this story. I was drawn in by young Genesis, and rooted for her all the way. Great read. ...
  • Gail Shepherd
    Feb 26, 2019
    This lovely, heartfelt debut deals with issues we don't confront often in middle grade fiction, specifically internalized racism passed down through generations (hence the comparison to Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye), as it examines our cultural standards of beauty and what damage tho...
  • D'Arcy
    Jan 21, 2019
    Wonderful. We need more books like this for teens today. Genesis manages to be both wise and heartbreaking and - ultimately - uplifting. I'm sure her message will resonate with the intended readers of that age. I look forward to seeing more from Alicia D. Williams! ...
  • Tedi
    Jan 13, 2019
    ?I?ll tell you what beauty ain?t. It ain?t some organ hidden on the inside ? no one cares about how good your heart is. And another thing, being black like me ain?t nothing to be proud about.? I haven?t been floored by a book in awhile. The story is full of such raw,...
  • Liz
    Oct 29, 2018
    Genesis Begins Again is a raw, honest view of what it can feel like to be a young girl with a dark complexion trying to conform to society's beauty standards. In addition to the ups and downs, mostly downs, of middle school, Genesis must navigate life with an alcoholic, gambling father...
  • Darla
    Jan 10, 2019
    An intimate portrait of the life of a 13-year-old girl who struggles with self-loathing. She is part of an intact family, but where do you cross the line from keeping the family together to putting the father's needs above the child's? Unfortunately the faith in her grandmother's life ...
  • Emily Polson
    Feb 08, 2019
    Reminiscent of The Bluest Eye, but packaged for a middle grade audience. For me, the execution fell a bit short of what it could have been, but I hope this book serves as a mirror or a window to young readers. ...
  • ♛Primadonna♛
    Feb 13, 2019
    "I've been caught up in the hype and what everybody thought of me, and I'm tired of it. I just want to look in the mirror and be okay with myself, that's all." A new favorite of mine, Genesis Begins Again is a very important book for everyone to read. It deals with colorism, and ...
  • Tonja Drecker
    Jan 11, 2019
    Raw, realistic and, at times, heart-breaking, this is a read which tackles a tough topic and gets under the skin. Genesis' excitement at finally having found friends crashes as their sudden visit to her home ends with the family's entire belongings on the front lawn. Thanks to her f...
  • Melissa
    Feb 27, 2019
    Thirteen-year-old Genesis struggles with her family's financial troubles and her father's alcoholism, and now she's forced to attend a new school in a mostly white suburb of Detroit. Navigating unfamiliar waters is a challenge for Genesis, who also is self-conscious about - and deeply ...
  • Janet Morrison-Lane
    Feb 14, 2019
    Love, love, love This was such a powerful book! As the step-mom of a biracial daughter and an educator of middle and high school students, I reas this book with interest, but sadness. As I walk into the school...as I talk with my daughter...I can?t help but think about and wonder ...
  • Joshua
    Jan 21, 2019
    This is one of the best middle grade books I've read in a long time. The voice is compelling and it guides the reader through some difficult topics and lands them safely in a good place. I am grateful this book exists, and it's going to change the lives of some of the kids that read it...
  • Amalie Jahn
    Jan 31, 2019
    In a word... GLORIOUS. Sometimes you come across a book that encompasses so much of the human condition, it speaks to your entire soul. Genesis Begins Again is one of those books. While this story follows the journey of Genesis specifically and the many ways she hates herself, I ...
  • Afoma Umesi
    Dec 26, 2018
    In Genesis Begins Again, thirteen-year-old Genesis grapples with intense self-hate worsened by her father's verbal abuse and her grandmother's backward ideologies about skin color. Told in Genesis's slangy voice, Genesis Begins Again flows naturally. My heart ached for Genesis as s...
  • Katie Reilley
    Feb 08, 2019
    I picked this one up after Colby Sharp recommended it, and I?m grateful I did. Genesis faces many issues that middle school students contend with: making friends, academic struggles, parental addictions, poverty, and finding self-acceptance despite the insult placed in her life. ...
  • Kristen
    Dec 25, 2018
    Edelweiss+ provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. WE. NEED. MORE. MIDDLE. GRADE. BOOKS. LIKE. THIS. I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again: there are not enough middle grade books that feature African American girls and their day to day lives,...
  • abi
    Jan 20, 2019
    content warnings: colourism, (internalised) racism, bullying, alcoholism This book is going to be so so important for so many young people and I really hope it reaches a wide audience. It's unflinching, it dares to confront tough topics and it bravely and accurately depicts the anxi...
  • Jessica Hernandez
    Oct 07, 2018
    Such such such a great novel. This one hit close to home in many ways. Genesis' voice feels authentic and has a power that is hard to describe. Alicia cunningly takes a girl going through really tough, emotional and painful life stuff, and yet hearing it through her voice, the voice of...
  • Destiny Henderson
    Feb 02, 2019
    I can't help but wonder how it feels to be so bound up that you can't be or do what you want" (pg 72). Despite the gorgeous cover, I was a bit wary about reading this because I didn?t know if this was just going to be a depressing-beat-you-down story. That type of stuff can drag you...
  • Amber Webb
    Jan 31, 2019
    We all have hurts. We all have pain. We all have lists of things we don't love about ourselves, but we all deserve a chance to begin again. We all deserve a fresh start. Genesis Begins Again is a beautifully written novel about discovering who you are through those around you. It's ab...