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Can We All Just Get Along?

When I first picked up the book, THAT WHITE GIRL, I thought it was going to be about a white girl who is trying to act black – speaking ebonics, wearing ethnic hairstyles and dating only black males. But I found none of that within the pages. THAT WHITE GIRL is the coming of age story of Amber, a Caucasian female who has good friends within all racial groups.

Her good friend Juan is Hispanic and he introduces her to graffiti art and the lifestyle of gang members. Amber easily fits in and becomes a part of the Crips. She also maintains friendships with her African-American friends as well as the white ones, yet she cannot understand why others aren't so open to embracing each other. She also receives opposition from her family who feels she's headed down a dangerous trail if she continues to keep company with those outside her race. The book follows her throughout her high school and college years as Amber faces several situations, some of which are life threatening or could land her behind bars as she comes into her own and finds her true identity – that white girl with a love for hip-hop.

THAT WHITE GIRL is loosely-based on the life of JLove and how she came up as a product of the eighties and nineties when hip-hop was just emerging. The novel is well-written and the characters are well-developed. Amber's love for her friends and her willingness to embrace other cultures is clearly depicted, along with her struggle to identify who she was. There are points in the book where the plot lulls and the ending is not climatic which tends not to add excitement, but overall this is a solid story.


  1. This book is one of the greatest books i have ever read! I've been through similar situations explained in the book and i can really relate very much. I took part in an organization that took action towards gangs and violence and we were very succesful! I love how Amber was so real, even though she secretely lived two lives. I recommended this book to many of my friends and they are indeed enjoying it. My friends and I love to read books that we can relate to and "That White Girl" is definetily one. I think it was great how she transformed her life for the better.I love it!

  2. I loved reading "That White Girl" even more the second time around. throughout the book, it was easy to understand and follow the relationships with every character. It was so heartbreaking at times to read what Amber ( Jenny) went through and how she rose above it. It was also very entertaining to find out where everyone ended up. I still want to know what ever happened to her long lost love "Omar" ? did he ever get out ? did he look for her ? What about "Juan" her best friend... I really hope i see a movie out of this book.

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