This Side of Home

This Side of Home

eBook - 2015
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Twins Nikki and Maya Younger always agreed on most things, but as they head into their senior year they react differently to the gentrification of their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood and the new--white--family that moves in after their best friend and her mother are evicted.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
ISBN: 9781619632134
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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As identical twins Maya and Nikki watch their best friend move away due to gentrification, they each come to their own terms about whether or not the changes are good for themselves and the neighborhood.

Twin sisters Maya and Nikki have it all figured out: there’s only one summer to go before their senior year and then they’ll be off to the same college. But gentrification has begun to change their historically black Portland neighborhood, and with it, their relationship.

Twin sisters Maya and Nikki think they have it all figured out, but gentrification has begun to change their historically black neighborhood, and with it, their relationship.

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Feb 12, 2016

This is a great book about love, school, race, and gentrification that takes place in North East portland. Unlike so many other YA books, there was more to the plot than a love story, which was a relief. I have only two minor complaints about it. One, that she talks about her best friend Essence for the whole book but then forgets about her for a while, which seemed odd. The other is just a little geography thing— at one point they head north on marine drive, which just isn't possible. Besides that, it was a wonderful book.

Nov 27, 2015

North Portland gets to be a character in this tale of building and fighting for your community. Maya is aware of the gentrification that is destroying her neighborhood, even as her twin sister is excited by the opportunity. Poetic prose, likeable characters, and a very tame romance between Maya and her new white neighbor make this a book that's not only enjoyable but accessible.


Good read - JH


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