That White Girl :: RAWSISTAZ.COM REVIEW
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.