(The Other Black Girl) EBOOK/PDF ☆ Zakiya Dalila Harris
Zakiya Dalila Harris
S happening hereWhen the reveal took place it was something I can t even identify exactly It was part conspiracy theory and part what the heck is oing on and this is just crazy I see that there are already 4 and 5 reviews out for this book which isn t due for publication until June 1 2021 Perhaps there is
another audience for this book so if you want to read it I d say o in blind becauseaudience for this book so if you want to read it I d say o in blind because description is not accurateI m An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism giving it 3 for what could have been areat premise but it wasn t developed in an interesting or engaging manner I know that this is a debut novel but it s listed as fictionsuspensethriller and I will only say that it fit in the fiction enre but this was in no way a thriller nor did I feel it was suspensefulThose of you who follow my reviews know that I am always honest in my reviews and I cannot recommend this book I m really sorry that this didn t work for me as I had real interest in knowing about what oes on in that world of books from which we only know the finished product the BOOKS themselves I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss Mind blown Whatever I was expecting I wasn t expecting that The Other Black Girl starts off as your usual office drama which I was definitely here for However as the story begins to unfold and you start to encounter different POVs you realise not is all as it seems and there is something much darker Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character going on beneath the surfaceI debut thriller described as a cross between Get Out meets The Devil Wears Prada Oooh I m listening For some reason I went into this novel fixated on the Devil Wears Prada comparison and as such expected an easy to read comedy drama with some added social justice elements and arguments I was really really far off the mark What The Other Black Girl actually is very hard to pin down At first the office drama elements are at the forefront of the novel as our protagonist Nella struggles with being the only Blackirl in an office of white people who continuously talk down to her Then Hazel arrives the Other Black Girl who seems to effortlessly seduce the office with her easy Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences going down to earth charm While Nella is at first thrilled to not be the only Blackirl in the room it s not long before she becomes jealous of Hazel and not long after that before she begins to wonder if something isn t a littleoff The office drama Anaphora and Conceptual Structure goes completely off the rails at this point and the comparisons to Get Out become abundantly clear The story becomes darker sinister and much confusing I struggled with some of this novel The pacing was very slow for me especially in the first half of the book Despite the thriller elements coming out in full force around the halfway mark I only really felt the thrill of the work around 80% into the book This was exacerbated by the fact that the story is narrated by a few different characters and while I tend to enjoy multiple POVs in my books in this case I felt that the voices of the characters were all extremely similar Each narrator has a tendency too off on tangents explaining some minor details from the past or describing an old memory which for me pulled me out of the drama of what
was happening now it slowed the pace furtherhappening NOW It slowed the pace further caused a lot of characters to come across as too similar to stand out on their own However even if the plot Between Silences got a bit bonkers I really enjoyed the themes and topics it examined Withoutiving too much away the focus on how those in the Black community might feel forced into code switching to better fit in with and succeed within white environments was a brilliant premise and was often really insightful for me a white reader On the whole I loved the #Premise In The End But #in the end but that the characters didn t stand out enough to carry the story I felt that some of the characters were simply not necessary to the plot and I wanted focus on the mystery and drama of the work clues and sly winks that could keep me hooke. A starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play she soon realizes that there’s a lot at stake than just her careerA whip smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt manipulated threatened or overlooked in the workplace The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twis. Hat thing where you skip ahead and read a future chapter because you cannot stand not knowing any longer You cannot watch a character you love run headfirst into something that you know is oing to end up badly for them It
was a horrible experience and by that I mean the author did an excellent job I wasa horrible experience and by that I mean the author did an excellent job I was from the startIt was an intense book It was a thrilling book It was a very entertaining book and at the same time it managed to open up a discussion *about racism in the work place and especially in publishing I think * racism in the work place and especially in publishing I think book hit me hard because I could exactly see all of this play out in my head because I ve worked in a publishing house before because we all know these kinds of people and relationshipsThe characters are interesting and well written and the story and concept are very intriguing I wasn t bored for a second mostly I was scared and on top of that I could feel rage boiling my insides because how dare these characters do thatI m oing to talk about the ending for a bit and it will include spoilers although I ll try not to ive away any major plot points or twistsWhen I finished the book I was somewhat disappointed that it ended the way it
did I felt very hopeless but then I realised that in a world where people areI felt very hopeless but then I realised that in a world where people are discriminated against and marginalised by a privileged roup there s simply no hope left once your own people turn on you So I can t be mad at the author s decision to end the book the way she did I still didn t feel satisfied though and I think it was because some things were brushed over and not resolved properly There s a big build up and the it sizzles out I needed backstory confrontation information I have a few unanswered uestions and I feel they needed addressing because the plot suffers without itOverall though I had a fantastic reading experience and I highly recommend it It s tense and thrilling it s shocking and maddening and I also really love the cover design I so hope we Bat Ode get to see an adaption of this on the big screenFind of my books on Instagram Wow Did not see that ending coming YES This book so lived up to high expectations Couldn t put it down and then couldn t stop thinking about it when I had to This novel was nothing like what I was expecting I was hoping for an intelligent story about the lack of diversity in the publishing industry I admit I know nothing about this subject and that s why I was very interested in the novelFirst the blurb for the book in case you haven t read it Twenty six year old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions she s thrilled when Harlem born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers They ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens though when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling and Nella is left in the dustThen the notes begin to appear on Nella s desk LEAVE WAGNER NOWIt s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play she soon realizes that there s a lot at stake than just her career For the first third of the book I was incredibly bored NOTHING really happens that is exciting or surprising until 70% into the book I kept waiting and waiting for somethingreat to be revealed There is the mystery of the few notes that are left in places that Nella will find them but no real action by her leaves the reader wondering why this character did not share this information even with her boyfriend Why didn t she do something about it Then we are invited into a party at a black hair salon owned by Hazel s friend What transpires here I thought was possibly the black women coming together to talk about what their work and lives were like especially the two in the publishing house of Wagner books But instead we are later told that something sinister wa. M born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens though when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling and Nella is left in the dustThen the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk LEAVE WAGNER NOWIt’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages But as Nell.
review Ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ð Zakiya Dalila HarrisWell that wasn t at all *WHAT I EXPECTED FROM THE BLURB * I expected from the blurb the difference is ood Turns out this is one of the most original storylines of recent years that is both timely and absolutely of the moment as Harris tackles the uestion of race in the overwhelmingly white world of Manhattan book publishing
There s an authenticity to the work scenes and the kind of detail that proves Harriss an authenticity to the work scenes and the kind of detail that proves Harris what she s talking about but there s also a bold and somewhat bonkers surreal turn to the plot that is both weird and yet tackles issues of compromise and selling out in a figurative or symbolic way I can see why there ar Somewhere between 3 35One of the buzziest debuts of 2021 The Other Black Girl is something of a literary world mash up between Get Out and The Devil Wears PradaNella is a 26 year old publishing assistant at Wagner a publisher in New York and the only black woman working at the company Underrepresented in the industry she is excited when another black woman Hazel joins the company They initially bond over discussing hair care tips but all is not uite as it seems and after a series of unsettling events Nella begins to find herself feeling like her career is at riskI m on the fence on this novel On one hand the workplace sections are excellent observational pieces and Harris did a fantastic job on evoking how Nella felt being the only black woman in the publishers It becomes clear relatively early on that something is up at Wagner but it was a loooong slow burn to find out what was oing on with some random chapters following other women who were embroiled in what was taking place These chapters didn t work
for me not enough had been revealed for them to make much sense and the twistme not enough had been revealed for them to make much sense and the twist completely farcical So much time had been spent building a very convincing setting and cast of characters and I m afraid to say that I found my interest waning towards the end of the novel once things were revealed and I felt a bit like I d been cheated by the direction in which the author chose to take the novel can t say without big spoilersSo all in all a mixed bag A solid debut and one I enjoyed for the most part with reservations Thank you Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for the advance copy which was provided in exchange for an honest review Now this book I really had to sit down let this book settle in my brain before I reviewed it The premise is very interesting and I couldn t wait to read it Now that I have I m left feeling unsatisfied The ending and plot twist didn t hit for me The book is very slow paced which was to create suspense but the action Barrio: Photographs from Chicago's Pilsen and Little Village getsoing for the last 25% of the book So it is a slow burner as we Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War get to see Nella in the work place and her interactions Now the book is described as The Devil Meets Prada meets Get Out Perhaps TDMP at the beginning but very less Get Out I didn t know this was a thriller until weot towards the end I was expecting on about the lack of diversity in publishing and there was much than that but I couldn t figure it out At times I was left feeling a bit confused and frustratedThe author does do a Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French great job of discussing the microaggressions Black women face in the office and exploring what it means to express your blackness at work I enjoyed Nella and Malaika s friendship There were also other POVs in the novel but I feel like they could ve added suspense to the storyline The subplot wasn t as interesting as seeing Nellao mad and I was Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America going crazy with her However I did enjoy the book at the end it just took a long time toet there I know that this book will have a huge buzz around it in 2021 I really didn t expect it to end the way it did I would recommend it for the journey Interesting debut from this author35 5Thank you to Netgalley and Bloomsbury UK for an ARC in exchange for a honest review When she said The Devil wears Prada meets Get Out The author wasn t messing aroundThe suspense definitely At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture got to me I did Get Out meets The Devil Wears Prada in this electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishingTwenty six year old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions she’s thrilled when Harle.
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