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Welcome to my stop on the Rainbow blog tour. I am one of many stops so be sure to check out what other people have say (their links will be at the bottom of this post) about Rainbow after you read my review. Read on for book details, an excerpt AND a chance to win a signed copy of the book (my favorite part)!
- Verde Arzu
- LGBTQ/Black fiction
- December 2019
- 106 pages
Taylor has room for exactly two things in her life: improving her performance as a college basketball player and maintaining the grades she needs to stay on the team and someday play in the WNBA. But when she meets the beautiful and confident Melony, Taylor’s whole way of life is called into question. RAINBOW is a coming-of-age queer love story with a Love Jones kind of vibe. It’s the first of many queer black novellas by the author Verde Arzu.
About The Author, Verde Arzu
Verde Arzu is a passionate, middle school special education teacher. She graduated from Fisk University, a historically black college and university (HBCU) located in Nashville, TN. There she earned a B.A in History.
Her love for teaching pushed her to go on to graduate school where she earned a Master of Science in Special Education from National University. Verde is not only a teacher but an advocate working to ensure equity for students of color, especially those with learning disabilities. Verde is excitedly working toward completing a post-baccalaureate certificate in writing from UC Berkeley Extension.
Upon completion of the program, she plans to continue to publish novellas, short love stories, centered on realistic lesbian and queer relationships. Verde recalls writing her first piece of fiction as a kid on the front stoop of her two-flat home on the south side of Chicago. She traces her passion for writing stories about African American queer characters from her desire to see more characters’ voices she can relate to.
A native Chicagoan, she currently resides in Northern California with her beautiful wife and two furry, four-legged children, Bob and Marley. She enjoys reading books written by African Americans—with her favorite genre being romance. She is a die heart Chicago sports fan. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, basketball, biking, binge-watching her favorite TV shows, and of course, cuddling up with a good book!
Excerpts from the book
Before I get into the book review, I wanted to give you some excerpts. This way we can be on the same wave length as I go through what was good and not so good about the books. Here are three little snippets from the book:
On To The Book Review!
This is the first book that I have read that involves anything related to LGBTQIA. Believe me, this is not on purpose. I just pick up books that sound interesting to me in thrift stores. However, this is was part of a book blog tour, which is the only reason I think I came across a book like this.
I’ll give you a little insight about how I go about book blog tours. I receive emails with books that are going to be a part of a blog tour. I read the summary of the book and if it sounds interesting and if it falls in line date range wise, I say I would like to be a part of it. Rainbow was one of those books.
I read through this book in one session and I feel like I got through it pretty quickly. I usually like longer books because I can become immersed in the story. However, with Rainbow, I was able to do the same with just over 100 pages. I think anyone could read this book easily, especially if you are just looking for something to occupy your time.
Rainbow Is A Unique Book
The main character is a basketball player at a university who falls for another girl who attends the university, and while I did mention this is the first book with even an inclination of that, this is not why I say Rainbow is a unique book. I’m actually saying it because of the layout of the book.
The table of contents is curved which I have never seen. The titles to each chapter are named after the “sessions” of a basketball game. For example, first quarter or halftime. Also, before each chapter begins their is a page with a couple of words to a poem and a page with various little clip-art like designs. I liked these little breaks in between the chapters of this novella because I felt they added to the chapter. It wasn’t something that seemed as though it were haphazardly thrown in.
What I didn’t Like
The story was great and it was really easy to understand Taylor Dawson’s point of view. The entire time I was reading from the point of view of inside Taylor’s mind. It felt that way too. I didn’t for one moment feel like it drifted from that at all.
One thing I do wish is that certain parts of the book were played out more. Some examples would be the relationship between Melony and her father (or just some interaction with her father in general) and more of the bonding moments between Taylor and Melony.
The latter was the most important to me because by the end of the story I liked both the characters in their own way but I didn’t feel attached to them as a couple. Maybe if I had felt like I knew Melony more, I would have been more attached. Instead, I almost felt like Melony was not good for Taylor.
I liked Taylor a lot and felt like she should feel comfortable in her own skin, unafraid to show who she really is. Melony seemed to be an aide in getting Taylor to express herself more, but she appeared to teeter on the line of helpful and toxic. She was clingy and wanted to move fast and was quick to argue. If I as a reader and seen more of their interactions, perhaps I would have felt differently.
I liked the book and it’s new perspective to me. As I said there were quite a few things in here that were new to me as a reader. I liked reading a completely different point of view and because of that, I am giving Rainbow 4/5 stars. If you would like to give this book a chance, you can enter the giveaway or get the book now. However you choose is up to you but I suggest at least trying to win the giveaway!a Rafflecopter giveaway
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