Not only does Genesis have to deal with the typical struggles of being in middle school like making friends or getting good grades, she also  has to deal with poverty, eviction, and witnessing addiction. Her family members, although caring, occasionally let her down or use hurtful words. All of this added to the unique challenges facing African American girls everyday, leaves Genesis hating who she is.

When she meets people who show her kindness and acceptance, she begins to learn her own strengths and discovers the healing power of music.

Genesis's story can be heart-breaking and difficult to read at times but her journey toward self-love is empowering and will leave you cheering for her through it all.

Recommended for ages 10+

Reviewed by Christa S., Senior Information Assistant