Year 16, Book 104

104. The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Nella is an assistant to an editor at a publishing company who is hoping to work her way up. As the only Black woman working at the company, she is thrilled when they finally hire Hazel as another assistant. However, after a series of events in which Hazel starts seemingly pushing her out and then she starts receiving mysterious notes telling her to leave her job, Nella is wonders if there is room for more than one Black girl at the office. The book then turns into this weird actual conspiracy involving hair moisturizer and it just lost me. Some people I’m sure will find this an interesting way to provide commentary on racial relations in the workplace, but it was definitely not for me. With about a hundred pages left in the book I came really close to quitting, but since I was so close to the end decided to go ahead and finish. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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