A classic for high school and beyond

Summary:

Irene Redfield meets her old friend Clare Kendry, by accident. The two hadn't seen eac other since their childhood. Both are light-skinned black women who are trying to escape racism of the 1920s.

Clare is passing herself off as white. Irene has chosen to ignore that racism exists. She is bothered by Irene's company, and yet she is enamored by her charm. Clare is married to a man who is racist and doesn’t know that she is black. Because she misses the company of her culture and race, she  attaches herself to Irene. Irene never fully accepts Clare’s company and is constantly bothered by the fact that Clare lives a lie.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
Because this book was assigned for me to read and annotate over the summer, I did not enjoy some of it. Even so, it is an interesting read and the fastest book I went through this summer. I would recommend it to high school teens and any adult.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who enjoy character-driven stories, realistic fiction centered on social issues, and thought-provoking topics will enjoy this book.

Content Awareness Factors:

The two characters give readers - especially teen book clubs - lots to talk and think about.


Type of Book:
This is an historical fiction novel that tackles timeless issues of choices and sense of self.
Reading Level:
5.7
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow.

Title Passing
Author Nella Larsen
Publisher Wilder Publications © 2018
ISBN 9781515432418
Material Hard Cover
Cost $12.99
Genres Music, Friendship, Historical Fiction, Social Issues, Africa | African People
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