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Category: Wellbeing

Finding the right book can be daunting when there’s so much to choose from. So, we’ve enlisted the help of a secret bookworm to pen a few reviews. If it sounds like one for you, give it a try.

Will our secret bookworm persuade you to pick up a new book?

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

“Creamy skinned, hazel eyed” identical twins Desiree and Stella run away from their small-minded town at just 16. When they get to the glittering lights of the big city, they face a choice, to present as black or pass as white? What will give them the best chance in this new life?

What follows is a journey of ethnicity and identity, as they separate, and one twin rejects her upbringing to follow her heart – while the other hides in plain sight.

While home felt conservative, the wider world, especially in upper-middle-class Brentwood feels even heavier. The freedom to just be who you are isn’t an option.

Sensitively written, with a plot that keeps readers guessing, The Vanishing Half reminds us that not everything is as plain as black and white. It’s a book that lingers.

Rating? 4/5.

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