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Contrary to popular belief/marketing, this book isn't a Snow White retelling. Yes, there is a young girl named Snow and yes she does get a stepmother but this book doesn't have any of the whimsy quality that most retellings try to capture.
This book takes place during the 1930s - 1950s and it tries to tackle gender and race issues.
Whelp, I say tries for a reason.
While we follow Boy who was raised in an abusive home, then Snow and Bird who face race issues there wasn't a significant moment or conflict. This book talked about issues of colorism, abuse and sexuality but the book only skimmed the surface of these issues.
I didn't feel a connection to the characters or their struggles. This book also had a tough time introducing magical realism moments. Every time something surreal was mentioned, it felt so odd and out of place with the rest of the grounded story.
This had the promise of a great book but I just felt like the author was too afraid to push the boundaries. My favorite aspect of the book was when Boy finally found out the truth of her mother and I was so mad that the author ended the book before we could find out more.
I give this book a D.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.