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The Hate U Give meets Get Out in this honest and powerful exploration of prejudice in the stunning novel from sister-writer duo Maika and Maritza Moulite, authors of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine. ISN'T BEING HUMAN ENOUGH? When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Hap The Hate U Give meets Get Out in this honest and powerful exploration of prejudice in the stunning novel from sister-writer duo Maika and Maritza Moulite, authors of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine. ISN'T BEING HUMAN ENOUGH? When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Happi and their family are left reeling in the aftermath. As Kezi becomes another immortalized victim in the fight against police brutality, Happi begins to question the idealized way her sister is remembered. Perfect. Angelic. One of the good ones. Even as the phrase rings wrong in her mind—why are only certain people deemed worthy to be missed?—Happi and her sister Genny embark on a journey to honor Kezi in their own way, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. But there's a twist to Kezi's story that no one could've ever expected—one that will change everything all over again.


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The Hate U Give meets Get Out in this honest and powerful exploration of prejudice in the stunning novel from sister-writer duo Maika and Maritza Moulite, authors of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine. ISN'T BEING HUMAN ENOUGH? When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Hap The Hate U Give meets Get Out in this honest and powerful exploration of prejudice in the stunning novel from sister-writer duo Maika and Maritza Moulite, authors of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine. ISN'T BEING HUMAN ENOUGH? When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Happi and their family are left reeling in the aftermath. As Kezi becomes another immortalized victim in the fight against police brutality, Happi begins to question the idealized way her sister is remembered. Perfect. Angelic. One of the good ones. Even as the phrase rings wrong in her mind—why are only certain people deemed worthy to be missed?—Happi and her sister Genny embark on a journey to honor Kezi in their own way, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. But there's a twist to Kezi's story that no one could've ever expected—one that will change everything all over again.

30 review for One of the Good Ones

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    Once I got what was going on in this book I was really impressed with the writing and how it all pieced together. These sisters have such a unique and distinct writing style, and in this case they took on the task of jumping around in history and to different characters. For a bit I was kind of like why for some of the perspectives, but when it comes together it turns the story into something totally different than what I had expected and it was really fascinating. I don't want to say much more Once I got what was going on in this book I was really impressed with the writing and how it all pieced together. These sisters have such a unique and distinct writing style, and in this case they took on the task of jumping around in history and to different characters. For a bit I was kind of like why for some of the perspectives, but when it comes together it turns the story into something totally different than what I had expected and it was really fascinating. I don't want to say much more on that because I think it's best to go in to not knowing a lot, but just know it isn't your typical contemporary. I enjoyed the historical information that was scattered through the story, it fit into the narrative really well. The sisters were a pleasure to follow as they try and navigate life after losing their sister in a tragic incident. You get the perspective of the late sister before her death, and of the youngest sister, and I do kind of wish we had the perspective of Genny as well, but that didn't take that much away from enjoying the book. There were a lot of perspectives so I get why it was left out. Not at all what I was expecting to read, but not in a bad way! I'm really eager to see what these sisters come out with next.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Althea | themoonwholistens ☾

    ✧ you can read an excerpt of this book on my blog ✧ To be honest, I am not much of a contemporary reader but when I am in the mood, this is the writing style that my brain mechanisms thrive in. It’s an understatement to say that I was touched. I love that it was told in multiple perspectives with timelines switching before, during, and after the looming arrest that served as the catalyst for the plot. It created layers to the story and did a lot to build the relationships between the characters. I ✧ you can read an excerpt of this book on my blog ✧ To be honest, I am not much of a contemporary reader but when I am in the mood, this is the writing style that my brain mechanisms thrive in. It’s an understatement to say that I was touched. I love that it was told in multiple perspectives with timelines switching before, during, and after the looming arrest that served as the catalyst for the plot. It created layers to the story and did a lot to build the relationships between the characters. I am completely soft for stories centered around a family/community and this book about sisters, written by sisters, encapsulates all the emotions that I wanted it to bring. — overall thoughts: 4.75 — ⇢ trigger warnings// (view spoiler)[Death, Drugging, Fire, Grief, Homophobia (religious), Lynching descriptions, Police brutality, Racism (hide spoiler)] An equally strong plot and character driven story that will get you lost in the writing. If I were to describe the story telling style, I would say it’s closest to Daisy Jones & The Six wherein you go through the process of piecing together the details of the story as the narration goes on. Clearly, I have a type since I have read Daisy Jones four times now. I just find that kind of writing style to be highly thought provoking as a reader. With the fact that it managed to turn a usually-contemporary-plot into a mystery/thriller… I stan. Truthfully, my favorite aspect of it boils down to the fact that you see the way everything builds up to the twist in the end. Then when it drops, you’re left wondering why you didn’t see it from the very beginning. “But as I sit here and contemplate all of these things I know as confidently as my own name, I realize you probably have no idea why I want to pursue this degree in the first place. Well, it’s because I’ll be able to dig into our stories. I can do my part to help pull together the threads of our past to form a better view of our historical tapestry.” PLEASE. Do you see this writing?? T_T There were discussions on teen activism and exploration on socio-political themes embedded all throughout the plot of the story… while still being a, well, thrilling thriller that is borderline coming-of-age. And really, I am always enamored by well-written sibling/family dynamics. There are times when I find characters in YA contemporary novels to be unbelievable because of how they interact with people their age… but this was not that. It’s so cleverly written and executed while still being relatable to young adults of this generation. You’re given the chance to be able to get attached to each of the sisters between everything that is going on (including side characters wink wink). This was truly a timely book when I read this with what went down in the US. It's truly disheartening to see how differently you can be treated simply based on your skin color and this book explores all of that. ↣ Fast-paced, exciting, and emotional mystery/thriller with characters that feel like you’ve known them forever. ↢ This might turn into one of my most recommended books. *Thank you to the publisher -Inkyard Press- for sending me an ARC for their Winter 2021 blog tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* ------------------ 12/02/20: I have decided to make this the first book I'm going to read for 2021 to celebrate me getting an ARC for one of my most anticipated releases of the next year. ------------------ UPDATE: I GOT AN ARC!! :D ------------------ 9/25/20: fingers crossed that my favorite people from inkyard press pull through for the arc of this one or i might get broken hearted chat with me on ⤳ instagram

  3. 5 out of 5

    ScrappyMags

    January 2021 reading starts with an INCREDIBLE read! Shortest Summary Ever: Kezi Smith, a popular YouTube teen influencer, dies mysteriously and becomes a rallying case for a BLM-type movement. Kezi left behind a legacy and a family that wishes to preserve it, so sister Happi (who is anything BUT), older sister Genny , and Kezi’s bestie embark on a trip Kezi had planned out using the segregation-era Greenbook for Negro Motorists as a map. And then a crazy, life-altering ride begins. Thoughts: Ther January 2021 reading starts with an INCREDIBLE read! Shortest Summary Ever: Kezi Smith, a popular YouTube teen influencer, dies mysteriously and becomes a rallying case for a BLM-type movement. Kezi left behind a legacy and a family that wishes to preserve it, so sister Happi (who is anything BUT), older sister Genny , and Kezi’s bestie embark on a trip Kezi had planned out using the segregation-era Greenbook for Negro Motorists as a map. And then a crazy, life-altering ride begins. Thoughts: There’s so much I need to discuss without giving spoilers. The book is amazing and completely unexpected. I loved it, I highly recommend it, and it’s honestly a mystery (if I wanted to define the genre) mixed with a deep social issue. The sister dynamic was explored exquisitely through Happi, who feels so much of what grief brings - guilt, sadness, worry, incredulity, while battling through a black-sheep-strained relationship with her pastor parents. This struck home with me as I had 12 years of parochial schooling jammed into me. Happi is pure rebellion - questioning, asking, wondering - all of it related to so much of my personal journey. With sharp writing and these intricate characters, the Moulites weave a tale that’s a patchwork of pure genius. The issue is that (for me) the twist changed the focus and I think it missed a chance to be truly POIGNANT. That twist, in my opinion made this less about treatment by police because it went to a place that was rare and isolated and not likely. Had it kept with the narrative? Like I said - poignant, the book I want to teach my middle schoolers. I respect the angle - it’s different than anything I saw coming and I enjoyed the book IMMENSELY, but that twist - I’d like to take that part out and keep it grounded in reality delving into the whole “good ones “ mentality where if you are black you are either a “good one” - good student, kind, no issues or a “thug” - in trouble, okay for society to ignore. You have to read it so we can talk! All my reviews available at scrappymags.com around time of publication. Genre: Mystery/Contemporary Fiction Recommend to: All my middle schoolers, those looking for something new and different. Not recommended to: If you’re burned out on current issues like BLM, LGBTQ issues, or particularly religiously sensitive. Thank you to the author, NetGalley and Inkyard Press for my advanced copy in exchange for my always-honest review and for days and days of pondering an thinking over this one. Well done.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    This was my first read by author and sister duo Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite, and I’m sure it won’t be my last! After the success of their debut Dear Haiti, Love Alaine, I was excited to see what their sophomore novel would include. Written through the roving perspectives of four young women: Kezi, Happi, Shaqueria and Evelyn, we are told about America through the eyes of those who are most dismissed by it. The story picks up following the untimely death of Kezi Smith, who died suddenly after This was my first read by author and sister duo Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite, and I’m sure it won’t be my last! After the success of their debut Dear Haiti, Love Alaine, I was excited to see what their sophomore novel would include. Written through the roving perspectives of four young women: Kezi, Happi, Shaqueria and Evelyn, we are told about America through the eyes of those who are most dismissed by it. The story picks up following the untimely death of Kezi Smith, who died suddenly after being arrested at a social justice rally. We are given flashbacks to Kezi’s days before that arrest as well as her sister Happi’s struggle to come to terms with it in present day. Happi and their sister Genny take off on a trip across the US using the Motorist Green Book as their guide—the exact trip Kezi was planning to take when she was alive. I read this one as well as listened to it, so I also want to take a moment to shout out the narrators: Bahni Turpin, Jordan Cobb and Carolyn Smith. They did an excellent job capturing the voices of these complex and distinct characters and brought so much of the story to life. I can’t recommend the audiobook enough, which is currently available on Hoopla for free with no wait time! I try to write my reviews sans spoilers, but I don’t think I can do this full one without including some this time. If you haven’t read the book skip what is under the tags here because it will ruin a major twist near the end. The short of it is that I did NOT like this twist. (view spoiler)[I did not like what was done with Shaqueria and Kezi’s characters. I just don’t understand how you write an entire novel about how society ignores the death of Black women who are not ‘perfect’ victims only to then make the decision to kill off one of the “bad ones” in order to save one of the “good ones”. Shaqueria is poor, she has no support system, she’s caught selling drugs, but she’s also about to land a huge part in a television show. What does this say to the Shaqueria’s of the world? Oh you may die and nobody will notice, but don’t worry this random girl with a YouTube show who you died instead of will be sure to talk about you a lot!! And the logistics of Kezi’s survival over Shaqueria was so unrealistic and convoluted, I can’t even understand it from a practical perspective. Some ex-cop smuggled her out of a police station after setting a fire and NOBODY noticed?? She’s been secretly alive the whole time, kept alive and also unhurt for no discernible reason, because this racist white guy had racist ancestors who killed your ancestors and he’s tracked you down to do.....what exactly??? Kezi being not dead and held hostage by this crazy person is more of a cheap thriller twist than I was expecting from these authors. I really don’t wanna say that it cheapened the rest of what was a really beautiful examination of grief and systemic injustice, but I can’t help but feel that way. (hide spoiler)] I was disappointed with the last third of this book. But I’m not going to mark it down too much because of that since I still really enjoyed their writing and the rest of the story. I just wish that the authors decided to go in another direction with this one, though based off of the other reviews I’m clearly in the minority. I’d still like to read more from them going forward, but maybe I’ll just stick to ones that don’t feature “mysterious deaths”.

  5. 5 out of 5

    BookOfCinz

    THE HATE U GIVE meets GET OUT perfectly captures this book…. And more! The book seeks to answer, who is one of the “good” ones and what exactly makes them a “good” one. Why are some considered good and others considered bad? As the blurb said, “Isn’t being human enough?” In One Of The Good Ones we meet three sisters, Kezi, Happi and Genny. Kezi Smith is Social Activist with a strong YouTube following. On her channel she talks history and advocate for Black Lives. Off YouTube she has perfect THE HATE U GIVE meets GET OUT perfectly captures this book…. And more! The book seeks to answer, who is one of the “good” ones and what exactly makes them a “good” one. Why are some considered good and others considered bad? As the blurb said, “Isn’t being human enough?” In One Of The Good Ones we meet three sisters, Kezi, Happi and Genny. Kezi Smith is Social Activist with a strong YouTube following. On her channel she talks history and advocate for Black Lives. Off YouTube she has perfect grades and is on track to attending a great University. While she’s got everything going for her, her sister Happi cannot seem to stand her and while she’s got a very public life, she’s got a secret she doesn’t want anyone finding out. In an effort to take her activism offline Kezi attends her very first social justice rally, ends up getting arrested and killed under mysterious circumstances. Kezi’s death ends up being a catalyst for “change”, she is made into someone as a martyr and everyone once again is holding up Kezi as one of the good ones who did not need to die. With her death everyone is an activist who all of sudden sees the need for change. Kezi’s sister Happi is annoyed by this but does not know exactly what to do, especially seeing that they didn’t have a great relationship and on their last interaction Happi told her sister to leave her alone. A few months after the death of Kezi, Genny, the oldest sister thought it would be a great idea to go on a road trip that Kezi was planning. Before her death Kezi, using The Negro Motorist Green Book as a guide planned an entire trip to see places that were haven for black people back in the day. While on this road trip Genny and Happi, along with Dwight and Ximena ends up learning way more than they bargained for. When I finished this book I had to go right to bed because my mind was blown. I had to sleep off the bookish hangover and I recommend you do the same once you finish this book. There is a whole lot going on in this book, and when I say whole lot, I mean it, you’ve got: Grief Unlawful killing of a Black girl Regrets Social Activist Black History Generation sins and curses Christianity Coming out with Christian parents Unrealistic expectation Identity Thriller Sisterhood Friendship How to be an ally Yes, a lot is happening, but it all comes together expectably and surprisingly well. I love how the Moulite sisters came together and wrote a stellar sophomore novel that highlights so many necessary topics that we need to keep reading about. As with their debut novel which was rich with history, in this book we get a deep look behind how The Negro Motorist Green Book guide came about and why there was a need for it. How Maika and Maritza are able to seamlessly teach us through their writing is something that I always admire. I learned about Black Cowboys, Sundown Towns and what they are and Claudette Colvin. I think what stood out most for me was how the story of Claudette Colvin tied into what it means to be a “Good one”. You will learn once you pick up this book. While I don’t have a sister, I get the feeling that they wrote sisterhood and family really well. I really enjoyed how they wrote relationships, history and how grief differs for everyone else. I also loved that there was a major twist that I did not see coming. There were a few things that didn’t work for me, I felt the writing was very heavy handed in driving the point of “one of the good ones” home. At one point I wanted to scream… “I GET IT!” but maybe it is a reminder for people who don’t get it. I also felt that the end wrapped up a bit too quickly, seriously too quickly and more time could have been spend fleshing it out. I also felt some plot points were very predictable. I received an arc so the family tree was not included but I see the finished version will have so that will help people like me who would not be able to keep track. Overall, I can see a lot of persons reading this book and falling in love with it. I hope they won’t forget the message the author wants to drive home. Definitely add this to your watch list!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    "But we are more than the good ones. We are the bad ones. We are the okay ones. We are the amazing ones. We are the nothing-to-write-home-about ones. We are the beautiful ones. We are just...ones." What a great book! Kezi is a popular YouTuber, a straight a student, a social activist, and the apple of her parents eye - she is “one of the good ones“. On Kezi‘s 18th birthday she goes against the wishes of her parents and attends a protest for a man who was recently killed by the police. Never expe "But we are more than the good ones. We are the bad ones. We are the okay ones. We are the amazing ones. We are the nothing-to-write-home-about ones. We are the beautiful ones. We are just...ones." What a great book! Kezi is a popular YouTuber, a straight a student, a social activist, and the apple of her parents eye - she is “one of the good ones“. On Kezi‘s 18th birthday she goes against the wishes of her parents and attends a protest for a man who was recently killed by the police. Never expecting that after that day people would be marching for justice for her. Three months after Kezi‘s death her sisters jenny and Happi embark on a road trip that Kezi had previously planned out. The road trip is a journey down the famous route 66 using the Negro Motorist Green book. A Book 1st published in 1936 that gave the traveler information as to places that black people were welcome to Lodge, get gas, and eat. I fell down a little bit of a Google rabbit hole when I was doing some research on this book and it was so informative, I truly am quite uneducated when it comes to some of these things that were going on. For example there were towns that were called “sundown towns” where the black people in the town we’re not allowed out after dark or the unthinkable. The story is told by both Kezi and her sister Happi. We get Kezi’s story leading up two her death. We also get Happi’s story starting three months after her perfect sister is killed. Both these characters had such big bold vibrant personalities that jumped off the pages. Kezi really wanted to leave her mark on the world, but she had her own flaws and secrets. Happi was struggling with the fact that she didn’t get to know her big sister Kezi when she had an opportunity to. The theme of “one of the good ones“ was touched on throughout the story. What makes somebody good or not? There upbringing? Their education? Their past? Their wealth? and if everyone knew all of Kezi’s secrets would they still think she was good? I really loved the road trip in the story and the places they stopped along the way - especially the big car circle ( I don’t know what it’s really called) and the black rodeo. There is also a thriller element to the story and a bit of a twist. I’m going to be honest I still am not 100% certain how I feel about that? for that reason I’m going to give this book 4.5 and round it up, so close to perfect. and the audio was exceptional! This book in emojis 📱 📸 🚗 🎭 🐎 🌵 🏕 *** Big thank you to Ink Yard Press for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  7. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    I had glimpsed a mention of a "twist" on the back of this book but had no idea what to expect for said twist. In fact I thought it was supposed to be something we learned fairly early on in the story, but just revealed on a bigger scale to other characters, but.. wow. I was so so wrong. I was so unprepared. Right off the bat I'm going to recommend you check out any #ownvoices reviews for this one before reading mine because those opinions should definitely be ampified over my own. But also I thin I had glimpsed a mention of a "twist" on the back of this book but had no idea what to expect for said twist. In fact I thought it was supposed to be something we learned fairly early on in the story, but just revealed on a bigger scale to other characters, but.. wow. I was so so wrong. I was so unprepared. Right off the bat I'm going to recommend you check out any #ownvoices reviews for this one before reading mine because those opinions should definitely be ampified over my own. But also I think you should absolutely make an effort to pick up this book. While most of the plot of ONE OF THE GOOD ONES is painfully familiar to anyone who watches the news these days (an especially to those who have been living through it for years), the discussion surrounding what it means to be "one of the good ones" is equally heartbreaking. And brutally real. How the value of one's loss is based on how they behaved or carried themselves or what they had overcome, what they might have been or gone on to do. How one has to be deemed worthy instead of just having the very basic right to exist; how not everyone is deserving of that much. This touches on all of that and more. It will anger you, frustrated you, and hurt you. As it should. While I did enjoy (well.. you know what I mean..) so much of this, I'll admit I did think maybe we had a POV or two too many. Some we only saw once, maybe twice, and ultimately they either didn't add much to the story or were just a "real time" moment of an event or history we had already been somewhat aware of via the main characters. It seems an odd criticism but it did make the pacing a little strange as we had such a slowburn build and the end felt like a race to the finish line. But what made those added bits just felt really out of place was because of how strong and captivating the main three POVs were. And, having finished, and seeing where all the pieces fit, I don't think they did much to add to the whole picture. This was not an easy read but it's definitely an important one. Filled with history, tragedy, twists, and a shock or two. That said, the reason I've not said much about any specifics about the plot is because half the journey is watching how it unfolds. I can only, again, encourage you to put this on your tbr and, more importantly, read it. ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** ---- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    HOLY SHIT. I am honestly still trying to process what I just read. I literally got hit with a mixture of Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, and Tiffany D. Jackson all at once with the dynamic sister duo of Maika and Maritza Moulite. This book is INCREDIBLE. It is a poignant and timely story that tackles tough themes such as police brutality, systemic racism, grief, coming out to religious parents, historical Black trauma, and internalized racism. One of the Good Ones seeks to dismantle the abhorrent ideol HOLY SHIT. I am honestly still trying to process what I just read. I literally got hit with a mixture of Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, and Tiffany D. Jackson all at once with the dynamic sister duo of Maika and Maritza Moulite. This book is INCREDIBLE. It is a poignant and timely story that tackles tough themes such as police brutality, systemic racism, grief, coming out to religious parents, historical Black trauma, and internalized racism. One of the Good Ones seeks to dismantle the abhorrent ideology that Black lives do not deserve to be loved or treated with respect. This book beautifully humanizes Black people and shows the importance of our stories and honestly, our overall presence. Amongst the heavy topics, there are moments of joy and reconnection with family and friends that I absolutely lived for. I want to also note that this book is a mystery/thriller, so in addition to the incredibly important social themes, the thriller aspect of this story was equally riveting. Thank you Inkyard Press for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Drewthereader20

    Wow another good book I read this month! I'm writing a reivew for this one later aka tonight. I have so much thoughts that it's hard to say how I felt about this book but just know that I loved this one! I finished it this morning at 6;30am and haven't read anything till now... What an amazing book!!!(: Wow another good book I read this month! I'm writing a reivew for this one later aka tonight. I have so much thoughts that it's hard to say how I felt about this book but just know that I loved this one! I finished it this morning at 6;30am and haven't read anything till now... What an amazing book!!!(:

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    The premise behind the book is about how we judge people and their worth. Are they good students? Star athletes? Involved in community service? Are they beautiful? Talented? Are they considered "special" enough for their lives to matter and for us to fight for them when they encounter injustice? The Moulite sisters show how dangerous the well intentioned term "one of the good ones" can be. For the vast majority of the book the Moulite sisters do a great job of fulfilling this purpose. They even The premise behind the book is about how we judge people and their worth. Are they good students? Star athletes? Involved in community service? Are they beautiful? Talented? Are they considered "special" enough for their lives to matter and for us to fight for them when they encounter injustice? The Moulite sisters show how dangerous the well intentioned term "one of the good ones" can be. For the vast majority of the book the Moulite sisters do a great job of fulfilling this purpose. They even include a road trip with The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. This allows them to incorporate the Smith family's history with violence while at the same time giving the reader a snapshot of America during Jim Crow. The stark reality is that we have not journeyed far enough from this time period. At about the 70% mark the Moulite sisters introduce a plot twist that I absolutely did not see coming. Normally, when reading a mystery a plot twist spices things up, livens up the action. In this case though I found it to be a distraction from the heart of the novel and feel like it took away from the heart and the realism of the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lanae Anne

    I know that existing as a human on this Earth should be enough to deserve respect and justice. But it isn't. Instead, we focus on those who we deem worthy, for whom we allow ourselves to feel the weight of their loss. We mention potential not reached or promise of greatness gone unfulfilled, while others are erased from existence all together. But we are more than the good ones. We are the bad ones. We are the okay ones. We are the amazing ones. We are the nothing-to-write-home-about-ones. We are the I know that existing as a human on this Earth should be enough to deserve respect and justice. But it isn't. Instead, we focus on those who we deem worthy, for whom we allow ourselves to feel the weight of their loss. We mention potential not reached or promise of greatness gone unfulfilled, while others are erased from existence all together. But we are more than the good ones. We are the bad ones. We are the okay ones. We are the amazing ones. We are the nothing-to-write-home-about-ones. We are the beautiful ones. We are just...ones. Note: There is a spoiler in this review when I talk about the negative parts of this novel, but it's in the spoiler button. "One of The Good Ones" is a marvelous book with developed characters, compelling stories, and spectacular storytelling. This is a book full of history, culture, advocacy, and a sprinkle of crazy. This novel had a similar theme when compared to "The Hate U Give", but completely took a different turn that I wouldn't have thought about. So let's get into it. Happi, Genni, and Kezi are sisters, but they don't act like it. Genni and Kezi always talk to each other, confide in each other, and depend on one another. But Happi doesn't have that same relationship with the two. Happi is nearly 10 years apart from Genni, and Happi always feels like Kezi is in her business. So when it's Kezi's 18'th birthday and she decides to go to a protest, Happi has an argument with Kezi at school about Kezi always being in her business. But Happi didn't realize that this would be the last time she would ever talk to Kezi again after Kezi dies while in a jail cell. As Genni, Happi, and their parents grieve Kezi's death, Genni decides to organize a 2-week trip with Ximena, Derek, and Happi that will commemorate Kezi's life. While on the trip, Happi tries to come closer with Genni and Ximena, and hopefully mend her friendship with Derek. But things don't always go as planned. This story is told in first person and third person, which I found very interesting. We switch from Kezi's POV, to Happi's POV, to Shaqueria's POV, and a third-person story of Evelyn, who was Happi's grandmother. Shaqueria is an 18-year-old orphan who is in some bad business. Or more specifically, she's a Black girl who sells drugs. Shaqueria went to an audition in L.A. to try and get out of the bad business and start over, but that isn't how things go. One thing leads to another at a bad transaction, and Shaqueria's in a police car with Kezi during the protest. I really enjoyed how this story is written. When I'm reading the story, the chapters are titled based on how early or how long after Kezi's arrest, which is what this whole story is centered around. It was interesting to read how all the characters history and decisions intertwine with one another because it added a lot of depth to the story. I really didn't expect this book to have so much depth and meaning to be honest with ya. The main characters had a lot of development and were really realistic. Happi's grief is really devastating to read about because the last words she said to her sister were words of hate and an unappreciative attitude for her sister. This really weighs down Happi as she reflects on her relationship with Kezi, and I liked how we were shown a raw version of her grief. As for Kezi, she developed as well, and this can be seen in the end of the book. But we'll get into that soon. Genni didn't have as much development in the story, but she most definitely developed a relationship with Happi after Kezi's death. But one of the things I didn't like about this book was the ending. I had to talk about this because this was the reason that this book isn't 5 stars. (view spoiler)[ When Kezi supposedly dies, we're told to believe she died in the jail cell while there was a fire at the police station. This could make sense, but I didn't understand why no police officer came back for her. I guess this is supposed to show that because of her skin color, they just didn't care, but I didn't understand that. Anyway, there's this guy who was literally stalking Kezi from her YouTube channel because he just loved everything she was saying. So we're supposed to believe that this crazy white dude named Mark goes into the police station (while there's a fire), finds Shaqueria dead in a cell next to the alive Kezi, and swaps their bodies so there's no difference. He even said that "they both looked similar, so no one could tell the difference" after he put Shaqueria in Kezi's clothes, which made Shaqueria look like Kezi, and then stole Kezi. This annoyed the shit out of me because even though he would have some type of white privilege ('cause he's white), how come no one saw this crime happen? And then, wait for it, Kezi is KIDNAPPED by this dude, and she MIRACULOUSLY kills him and gets away. Kezi just magically finds Happi, Genni, Ximena, and Derek at the camp site, and then we just get an epilogue of Kezi reflecting on what happened. (hide spoiler)] That whole mess was unnecessary, but I guess they did it to show that we only care about Black people who died if they were "a good person" or they had "a promising future". But any other Black person who died the same way who might've been a drug dealer, grew up in the ghetto, or just "didn't contribute to society" didn't matter. This really changed my perspective of how we think about Black lives lost, so I really liked that they made that point. I just wish they didn't have to do it in such a dramatic way. Overall, this review was hella long. But I guess that's just because this book was great in some aspects, and wild in others. I still enjoyed the read a lot because of the development and the message that's told throughout the story, but I strongly disliked the unnecessary parts of this story. I loved seeing the LGBTQIA+ representation with Kezi and Ximena's relationship, and I loved the Black history that the authors so easily involved in the story. But I don't think I can read this again because it would be too much on my soul and I think I would start screaming out of anger and frustration.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Toria

    This definitely was an experience, an intense journey of emotions. I'm struggling on what to say about this, and I don't want to spoil anything. But that twist! Not gonna say more. This definitely was an experience, an intense journey of emotions. I'm struggling on what to say about this, and I don't want to spoil anything. But that twist! Not gonna say more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin

     Thanks to NetGalley and InkYard Press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. When middle daughter and straight-A student, Kezi is tragically killed by police, her family is left grasping to accept her death. How could this happen to their daughter and sister? As surviving sisters, Genny and Happi decide to head out on a trip mapped out by Kezi, they examine key relationships, prejudice, and the grief of losing someone that you love. This YA novel had me hooked from the very beginn  Thanks to NetGalley and InkYard Press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. When middle daughter and straight-A student, Kezi is tragically killed by police, her family is left grasping to accept her death. How could this happen to their daughter and sister? As surviving sisters, Genny and Happi decide to head out on a trip mapped out by Kezi, they examine key relationships, prejudice, and the grief of losing someone that you love. This YA novel had me hooked from the very beginning and although I haven't read the debut novel by the author sisters, I certainly want to ensure that happens in the future. As the storyline began to accelerate I was fearful that we wouldn't have a resolution but the ending was indeed fantastic. Goodreads review 11/02/21 Publication Date 05/01/21 #OneOftheGoodOnes #NetGalley

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    Wow okay I gotta think about this one for a bit

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Rundle

    ONE OF THR GOOD ONES is a one of the most powerful novels I’ve read in 2020! What can I say? The mystery. Intrigue. The way the authors incorporate prejudice into the story was so well done. I was blown away. Left speechless at how the characters grew over the course of the novel. The plot points were so so well done. The prose kept me glued to the story. I couldn’t put the story down! Five stars isn’t enough for this story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Never Without a Book

    I adored Dear Haiti and with their sophomore novel, One of the Good Ones, the Moulite sisters super excited my expectations. Told from multiple POVs—teen activist Keziah (Kezi), has a huge YouTube following and is ready to take her activism to the streets. Determined to help her community, Kezi attends a protest for the wrongful death of a Black man. During the protest Kezi is arrested and then dies in police custody. To commemorate her life and the work she was doing Keziah’s sisters, Genny, Ha I adored Dear Haiti and with their sophomore novel, One of the Good Ones, the Moulite sisters super excited my expectations. Told from multiple POVs—teen activist Keziah (Kezi), has a huge YouTube following and is ready to take her activism to the streets. Determined to help her community, Kezi attends a protest for the wrongful death of a Black man. During the protest Kezi is arrested and then dies in police custody. To commemorate her life and the work she was doing Keziah’s sisters, Genny, Happi and a few friends decide to take a road trip that Keziah planned before her death by using The Negro Motorist Green Book and once the tip starts get ready for an unexpected ride. Get ready to be sucked in because this book ended up being very hard to put down. FYI, pay attention to the title “One of the Good Ones” because it’s a recurring theme throughout the book. I did feel that the ending was a bit rushed but overall, I thought the Moulite sisters did an excellent job and brought forth a powerful message about using our voices to speak up about the injustice in our communities.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Oyinda

    Book 20 of 2021 "I know that existing as a human being on this earth should be enough to deserve respect and justice. But it isn’t. Instead, we focus on those we deem worthy, for whom we allow ourselves to feel the weight of their loss. We mention potential not reached or promise of greatness gone unfulfilled, while others are erased from existence all together. But we are more than the good ones. We are the bad ones. We are the okay ones. We are the amazing ones. We are the nothing-to-write-home-abou Book 20 of 2021 "I know that existing as a human being on this earth should be enough to deserve respect and justice. But it isn’t. Instead, we focus on those we deem worthy, for whom we allow ourselves to feel the weight of their loss. We mention potential not reached or promise of greatness gone unfulfilled, while others are erased from existence all together. But we are more than the good ones. We are the bad ones. We are the okay ones. We are the amazing ones. We are the nothing-to-write-home-about ones. We are the beautiful ones. We are just...ones." I love this book so much, and I appreciate all of the issues discussed by the authors. Trigger warnings for police brutality, homophobia, kidnapping and forced imprisonment, racism, mentions of lynching, and death of a loved one. Told in multiple POVs and from multiple points in time, I enjoyed this book a lot. Focused on the story of the Smith sisters and their ancestors, this is a very heavy book with a lot of heavy subject matters. There's a lot of representation and diversity in this book, and it shines light on America's racist history. Happi is dealing with the death of her sister and how she feels left out and excluded from her sisters (before and after the death of Kezi), and she doesn't feel good enough. We also get insight from Kezi's POV from before her death, and the events leading up to it. The narrators of the audiobook were great, especially Bahni Turpin who did a wonderful job with her performance of Happi's POV. There were a lot of twists and reveals in this one, but I found them really predictable. As such, I wasn't so mindblown by them. I highly recommend this book!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Arica Eberle

    ✨ Book Review ✨ Hello to my first five star book of 2021. You read that right, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ FIVE STARS! I will say this to the authors, thank you so much for creating this masterpiece. This book honestly made me really emotional over my relationship with my sister. We’re the best of friends and I am so thankful that I have her as my sister. This was my first book by them and they now have a new fan! I will auto buy anything they come out with. And I will be adding their book Dear Haiti, Love Alaine ✨ Book Review ✨ Hello to my first five star book of 2021. You read that right, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ FIVE STARS! I will say this to the authors, thank you so much for creating this masterpiece. This book honestly made me really emotional over my relationship with my sister. We’re the best of friends and I am so thankful that I have her as my sister. This was my first book by them and they now have a new fan! I will auto buy anything they come out with. And I will be adding their book Dear Haiti, Love Alaine to my list of books to buy once my “no buy” is over. Because I need to dive back into their writing and stories. Now onto the review, this book is about three sisters. One sister who was known for her activist YouTube channel was arrested and killed during a protest. The two sisters now have to not only grieve their sister but also keep her legacy on. I love that this book talks about how if black people are educated, wear traditionally white clothes, and be the best of the best is considered “one of the good ones” But what does that really mean? And why is it such a big deal? This book is also spilt into multiple parts. The first part is all about the arrest and moving forward. Then a HUGE twist happens and changed the whole story. Let me say, this book was 5 stars in the beginning. But after the twist it honestly could be more stars. It did a completely 180 and let me shocked and thrilled to continue reading. I obviously don’t want to say anything because I don’t want to ruin it. But here is a little sneak peak and my review on the other parts of the book: I absolutely love how it talked about the green book and how what happen during slavery is very similar to what is happening now. They talk a lot about generational oppression and wow, it was amazing. I cannot recommend this book enough. Stop what you’re doing and get it NOW!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)

    Every life matters. To check off a set of boxes society deems worthy suggests otherwise. In this gripping YA, a pair of sisters determine their worth through a series of events where harrowing decisions and moments illustrate how each word and action counts. I found this story often difficult to read - not because of writing style or plot - but because of how issues that should have died continue to plague people aching for peace - aching to matter. 4/5

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nat ⭐️

    Actual rating: 4.5 stars (rounded up) TW: murder, arrests, police brutality, hate crimes, racial profiling, kidnapping, forced drug usage, vomitting, starvation, homophobia I’ve been so excited to read this book, especially after seeing the author’s virtual event at my local bookstore Books & Books. I’ve had their debut on my TBR for ages, but this book intrigued me in particular because of its emphasis on sisterhood. This book is a really beautiful insight to grief, the people and legacies we lea Actual rating: 4.5 stars (rounded up) TW: murder, arrests, police brutality, hate crimes, racial profiling, kidnapping, forced drug usage, vomitting, starvation, homophobia I’ve been so excited to read this book, especially after seeing the author’s virtual event at my local bookstore Books & Books. I’ve had their debut on my TBR for ages, but this book intrigued me in particular because of its emphasis on sisterhood. This book is a really beautiful insight to grief, the people and legacies we leave behind, and respectability politics. For the most part, I considered this to be a 5 star read—I just wanted more from the ending, but it was one that was earned and still felt very true to the narrative. I really don’t want to say more because this book is truly worth reading with little-to-no information on the plot beforehand so I will just say: absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait to read more books from this duo in the future!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Emily M One of The Good Ones was easily one of the best books I read in 2020 and should be featuring on many similar lists this year. It’s an emotional, impactful, and brilliant story that weaves the horrific realities of systematic and structural racism in both the past and present with an utterly compelling mystery. Right from the start, you know you’re in for a ride, as it opens with an incredibly powerful author’s note. It reminds you that thi Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Emily M One of The Good Ones was easily one of the best books I read in 2020 and should be featuring on many similar lists this year. It’s an emotional, impactful, and brilliant story that weaves the horrific realities of systematic and structural racism in both the past and present with an utterly compelling mystery. Right from the start, you know you’re in for a ride, as it opens with an incredibly powerful author’s note. It reminds you that this is not purely a fictional tale, rather one that is repeated time and time again in real life. The media may capture some of the stories, but far more go unnoticed. Behind every hashtag is a person, with all their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Around them is a whole family and community. We must remember all of this and feed it into our activism. There’s a brilliant discussion about respectability politics and who is considered as a ‘perfect victim’. There’s this pervasive idea that we can only care about Black Lives Matter when the victim meets certain toxic requirements, rather than focusing on the loss of life, impact on community and structural violence caused by racist actions. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nev

    Oof. This book hit me in my heart. It’s an interesting exploration of grief after a tragedy and the harmful way that some people deem one person’s life more important than another because they’re “one of the good ones.” I really enjoyed the complicated sister relationships that play out in this story, it felt like a raw and authentic portrayal. The book also brought in history in a fascinating way through using an old copy of the Green Book as a guide for a road trip. This is an incredibly hard- Oof. This book hit me in my heart. It’s an interesting exploration of grief after a tragedy and the harmful way that some people deem one person’s life more important than another because they’re “one of the good ones.” I really enjoyed the complicated sister relationships that play out in this story, it felt like a raw and authentic portrayal. The book also brought in history in a fascinating way through using an old copy of the Green Book as a guide for a road trip. This is an incredibly hard-hitting story about activism, racism, and the ways that Black girls are treated by society.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie.dorny

    A murder mystery intertwined with the reality of a life being cut short by police brutality and the political activism associated with it. Sounds intriguing right? After their sister Kezi passes away in a police station after protesting police brutality, her sisters embark on a road trip to honour their sister and uphold her legacy. Parts of the above were incredibly moving and I enjoyed getting to meet the family and Kezi’s friends. The characters were built up well and I enjoyed the differing P A murder mystery intertwined with the reality of a life being cut short by police brutality and the political activism associated with it. Sounds intriguing right? After their sister Kezi passes away in a police station after protesting police brutality, her sisters embark on a road trip to honour their sister and uphold her legacy. Parts of the above were incredibly moving and I enjoyed getting to meet the family and Kezi’s friends. The characters were built up well and I enjoyed the differing POV’s. I also enjoyed the dive into a part of Black history I didn’t know anything about. Sadly this just missed the mark for me overall. Whilst I enjoyed the story arc overall; the mystery and twists that appears just wasn’t executed well for me. It fell flat and ended too quickly for me and the two genres just didn’t click for me - it rushed by far too fast.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    3.75 - 4.5 out of 5 stars. (Most likely a 3.75)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    4.5 stars This was definitely an emotional ride for me with some surprising developments and I was very impressed by how well the author wove the various threads together. Although I'm loving audiobooks more and more these days, I think I'm glad I read this one, partly because it is not a linear timeline and the POV shifts pretty frequently. Each section is clearly identified, though, so I didn't find myself getting at all confused. But now that I've read it, I would be interested in listening to 4.5 stars This was definitely an emotional ride for me with some surprising developments and I was very impressed by how well the author wove the various threads together. Although I'm loving audiobooks more and more these days, I think I'm glad I read this one, partly because it is not a linear timeline and the POV shifts pretty frequently. Each section is clearly identified, though, so I didn't find myself getting at all confused. But now that I've read it, I would be interested in listening to it eventually and see if I get something different out of the book. This is a story about Kenzi and her life and her beliefs, but also about her death and her loved ones left behind. While her parents are definitely part of the story, the present-day story is mainly driven by her two sisters and her girlfriend. Without revealing any spoilers, the past follows the story of their grandfather's parents, especially his mom. The way the author connects what happens in the past to the present day (which includes many of the challenges faced by POC in this country) had me angry, sad, frustrated, moved, laughing, and even on the edge of my seat at times. The title of this book is also one of the major themes in this book--that we only care about POC being hurt when they are "one of the good ones" as if they're only valuable because of that, and not because they are human beings worthy of our care. I think this book would be a good one for teens and above to read and discuss. One thing I will say about this book is that it started out somewhat unevenly and I wasn't sure if it was going to hold my interest. But as the story developed, things started to feel more focused and I could feel things start to connect and threads that I read near the beginning started making more sense. So I would say this is one of those books that gets better as you move along and by the time you see the twist you realize that some of what you read at the beginning was set up so that the twist would make a lot more sense. Overall, I would say the authors did a great job with this book and I look forward to reading what they put together in the future! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I think this is a book hangover. This book merges family history with social justice issues that are still prevalent today, a coming-of-age story about a teenager coping with grief combined with a thriller twist that I, personally, did not see coming. And I am glad I didn't. The way this book blew my mind when Things were revealed was wild, and even now I swear I'm having heart palpitations because of it. All the characters are beautifully, brilliantly written. We follow several different perspect I think this is a book hangover. This book merges family history with social justice issues that are still prevalent today, a coming-of-age story about a teenager coping with grief combined with a thriller twist that I, personally, did not see coming. And I am glad I didn't. The way this book blew my mind when Things were revealed was wild, and even now I swear I'm having heart palpitations because of it. All the characters are beautifully, brilliantly written. We follow several different perspectives in both the past and present and see how their stories intertwine. Each character is heartbreakingly REAL, with dreams and hopes and flaws. Knowing the premise of this book, I was sure I was in for some tears once I got to know them, but I underestimated how masterfully the Moulite sisters can weave a narrative. This is largely a character-driven book, with most of the actual "plot" and action happening in the later half. Before that, it's largely flashbacks to the inciting incident, as well as further back in the Smith family's history, and introspective grieving from Happi. However, I was more than happy to sit back and learn about these characters and their relationships. Although this is a crying book, it is not entirely a sad book, and that is what strikes me the most. There is hope for change, if we are all willing to do the work.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I was a bit confused upon seeing both "The Hate You Give" and "Get Out" in the description of this book and figured get out was there for social messaging reasons only and not actual plot vibes, but oh my god I was wrong. I don't want to give away the twist, but there's a lot more going on here than meets the eye. This book is a wonderful mix of information, social commentary, and anticipation. I will say though, I wish there was a bit more time allotted post-twist. The multiple perspectives fina I was a bit confused upon seeing both "The Hate You Give" and "Get Out" in the description of this book and figured get out was there for social messaging reasons only and not actual plot vibes, but oh my god I was wrong. I don't want to give away the twist, but there's a lot more going on here than meets the eye. This book is a wonderful mix of information, social commentary, and anticipation. I will say though, I wish there was a bit more time allotted post-twist. The multiple perspectives finally all merged together to make sense, but then I felt like things wrapped up way too quickly in the last few chapters. I wanted more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Sometimes there are books that try to do too much at once. They set lofty, complex goals and intertwine that with a YA storyline. And sometimes those books are good despite something. For the first half of reading #OneOfTheGoodOnes, I felt like it was one of those books. We follow members of the Smith family in a storyline that jumps before and after "the arrest" and Kezi, the middle sister's, death due to events surrounding protests of police brutrality. We follow Kezi, her younger sister Happi Sometimes there are books that try to do too much at once. They set lofty, complex goals and intertwine that with a YA storyline. And sometimes those books are good despite something. For the first half of reading #OneOfTheGoodOnes, I felt like it was one of those books. We follow members of the Smith family in a storyline that jumps before and after "the arrest" and Kezi, the middle sister's, death due to events surrounding protests of police brutrality. We follow Kezi, her younger sister Happi, and an unrelated character, whose story eventually becomes related to the plot. The authors lean heavily on events related to those in the news today surrounding police violence against black men and women. They also explore many racial topics related to the history of sundown towns, The Green Book, and more. The Happi, her older sister, and two of Kezi's friends ultimately go on a road trip, following Kezi's activism and their family history And that's when comes the twist--full of spoilers that I won't spoil--that I did not see coming. It wasn't trite to keep up the storyline. It was integral and poignant. Ultimately this is a story exploring, as the authors state, the concept of "The Good Ones" as well as racial violence by white men and women against black families for generations and its effects today. Do not pass this one up. Many thanks to #NetGalley and the publishers for this advanced copy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christi Flaker

    How to describe this book? Its a lot and no way will I do it justice nor will you get the whole picture from my review but here goes... Kezi is a high school YouTuber popular for speaking out on racial inequality. She comes from a very religious family (her and her sister's named after Job's daughters). She is set to be class valedictorian. She is "One of the Good Ones". This concept comes up throughout the book and is such a fitting title. She decides to celebrate her 18th birthday just before g How to describe this book? Its a lot and no way will I do it justice nor will you get the whole picture from my review but here goes... Kezi is a high school YouTuber popular for speaking out on racial inequality. She comes from a very religious family (her and her sister's named after Job's daughters). She is set to be class valedictorian. She is "One of the Good Ones". This concept comes up throughout the book and is such a fitting title. She decides to celebrate her 18th birthday just before graduation with her first in person protest and all goes haywire. After graduation she was set to take a trip along Route 66 using The Green Book that helped African American's navigate for safe places to stop on the road in the Jim Crow era. She plans to vlog her journey. After the "day of the arrest" arrives and she is arrested and killed her two very different sisters, girlfriend and best friend venture out on the journey to experience her plans and vlog about it, in her honor. Through the journey the four individuals learn about history, themselves and each other. This book has a lot going on and I think one too many balls in the air and hard to truly categorize hence the 4 versus the 5 star rating. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    ReadingTilTheBreakOfDawn

    Unfortunately, it takes books like this to humanize black people and show that, like everyone else, we deserve to have peace. When I saw the Moulite sisters had a second book coming out, I was totally on board. I really enjoyed their first book and was curious what their sophomore efforts would bring. And Wow! Overall, this book was great and unique. I don't even know what genre you would label this one. It was almost 2 different books in one and that could go either way with readers in their enj Unfortunately, it takes books like this to humanize black people and show that, like everyone else, we deserve to have peace. When I saw the Moulite sisters had a second book coming out, I was totally on board. I really enjoyed their first book and was curious what their sophomore efforts would bring. And Wow! Overall, this book was great and unique. I don't even know what genre you would label this one. It was almost 2 different books in one and that could go either way with readers in their enjoyment of it. Told from multiple POVs we concentrate mostly on Kezi, Happi and Shaqueria in the first half along with the sister's grandmother, Evelyn. Kezi is in her last year of high school, is a history buff and becoming a YouTube sensation by her activism and her researching society issues for the masses. The first half really held me captive with all the timely issues they dealt with including activism, racism, societal issues, sexuality and even differences within families. It hit the nail on so many heads for a young adult. I liked seeing Kezi come into herself and question what she was being taught and having a mind of her own. It's what so many young adults are looking for. But with the added race issues, I just really enjoyed her character and her relationship she had with her friends and older sister, Genny. Happi is the youngest sister to Kezi and Genny. And while she is only a year younger than Kezi, she feels like the outcast in their family. She has her boyfriend Santiago, but she is all about her acting and not much else. So, for the first half, I didn't really have a connection with her. She was too self involved. But don't worry. That changes in the second half. As does the story. We take a complete 180 and are now dealing with 'after the arrest' and what the family is experiencing in the second half. We shift from hearing about Kezi and the build up to her arrest in the first half to her family and friends traveling across America by following the plans that Kezi had by using The Negro Motorist Green-Book. It is history and it's an adventure that I enjoyed following and connected the girls' to their ancestors and to their friends and family in a way that they didn't expect. It allowed for me to change my opinion of the relationship the sisters had and to see Happi grow as a character. My admiration grew for her. But the second half is also where an added twist came in and caught me off guard. I'm still not sure what to think about that twist. This is where it seemed like 2 different books. It worked, but the way that twist played into the ending seemed a little too quick in it's resolution. I still enjoyed the journey and seeing the sisters and mother and father come together, but I'm still questioning that twist. Overall, this was an engaging story that I would recommend to young adults in our current state of affairs. It is an important book because of the issues dealt with. The writing was done well and the characters really stood out. I wanted to be on the cross country adventure with these people and take in the history and how much we have and have not changed. The messages were quite clear and the title says it all. Who is to say who is a good one and who is not, just based on your skin color? We are all human and should all be given the same chances. "We may be young but we are bold. We will inherit this earth so we must speak up and act when we see injustices. If you want a timely book that has an extra element to it that you didn't see coming, this book will be for you. It will also be a book that just may expand your mind no matter your age. And that cover?Gorgeous!

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