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Book Review: What’s Mine and Yours


Summary

What’s Mine and Yours shows the story of two families growing up in North Carolina – the Venturas, a Latinx family, and the Gilberts, a Black family. The Ventura family starts with their parents, Robbie and Lacey May, and their three children, Noelle, Margarita and Diane. The Gilbert family includes their parents, Ray and Jade, and their son, Gee. Both families experience tragedy early on that affects their children for decades to come. Although heartbreaking, What’s Mine and Yours shows what it means to be family, how people’s journeys can impact each other and how to move on when you’ve experienced extreme loss. 

Review

This is it, people. This is the next big hit. This book eloquently narrates two stories about very different families and how each family’s background, history and issues affects the children for generations to come. It also beautifully ties together the two families and shows how intertwined people’s lives can become. The author, Naima Coster, draws readers into the story with the generational character development that gets you attached to the backstory of each person involved. You see how each of these families develops over decades and the outcome of everyone’s decisions. What’s Mine and Yours brings an interesting perspective on racism, addiction and what it means to be family. Is it your blood? Is it who can provide for you and your loved ones? Is it someone who can give you what you want out of life? This book outlines a beautiful story about love, heartbreak, loss along with family values. It’s a must read for Spring. 

Yasi Agah is a San Francisco native who loves to read, write, roller-skate and listen to Blink 182. Her favorite genre is definitely memoirs. Becoming by Michelle Obama makes her tear up every time she reads it.

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