When you look like us

by Harris, Pamela N.,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary

From debut author Pamela Harris comes a timely, gripping teen novel about a boy who must take up the search for his sister when she goes missing from a neighborhood where black girls' disappearances are too often overlooked. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Tiffany D. Jackson.

When you look like us--brown skin, brown eyes, black braids or fades--everyone else thinks you're trouble. No one even blinks twice over a missing black girl from public housing because she must've brought whatever happened to her upon herself. I, Jay Murphy, can admit that, for a minute, I thought my sister Nicole just got caught up with her boyfriend--a drug dealer--and his friends. But she's been gone too long. Nic, where are you?

If I hadn't hung up on her that night, she would be at our house, spending time with Grandma.

If I was a better brother, she'd be finishing senior year instead of being another name on a missing persons list.

It's time to step up, to do what the Newport News police department won't.

Bring her home.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Harris' poignant debut novel shines a light on the scant value society and its institutions place on the lives of BIPOC individuals. In it, Jay is forced to continually cover for his sister, Nic, who hangs out with the wrong crowd. Reaching his breaking point, Jay refuses to be her keeper any longer, and, immediately after, Nic fails to return home. When she's deemed missing, the police barely bother to search for her; she's another lost Black girl, undeserving of their time. It is left to Jay, therefore, to find his sister and bring her home. Harris creates a vividly drawn world, a rich cast of characters, and an authentic neighborhood in her book. Jay is a dynamic, complicated main character who can be both stubborn and a pushover depending on the circumstance. Themes of family, neighborhood, identity, isolation, and belonging are explored through the lens of the tragic, real-world issue of Black and Brown girls going missing every year without much of the world bothering to take notice, search for them, or care."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "After their father died of cancer and their mother was sent to prison for driving under the influence, Jay Murphy and his sister, Nic, who is older by a year, were sent to live with their grandmother in the Ducts, a public housing complex in Newport News, Va. Now 16, Jay juggles the stresses of high school, the odd jobs he's working to secretly save up for his grandmother's retirement, and being Nic's keeper. After years of covering for Nic whenever she's high on bliss, a drug she receives from her neighborhood drug dealer boyfriend, Jay decides he is done worrying about Nic and trying to get her back on the right path. His resolve, though, breaks down when Nic disappears and the police dismiss his concern, considering Nic just another missing Black girl in their county and a "blisshead" besides. Harris unapologetically gives voice to the grief that a community can feel when the law fails them, as well as their need to, instead, rely on the hope, love, and power they bring to one another. The strength and endurance of the Black family reverberate throughout this achingly honest debut. Ages 14--up. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
African American teenagers -- Fiction.
Women, Black -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
African American families -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Racism -- Virginia -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First edition.
Audience Ages 14-up.
Language English
Description 356 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780062945891
0062945890
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