Thank You to Riveted by Simon Teen for the advanced copy of the book at Yallwest.
Summary: Kiera creates a world that she feels she can be herself in and embrace what being black means for her. The only downside is that none of her IRL friends know about this online persona she has created for herself and this game she’s made for black people. She thinks she can keep both worlds separate until a boy gets murdered for something from this game called SLAY. What happens next? Will she be able to keep her two worlds separate? What happens when the two worlds collide?
Thoughts: I loved this book the minute I opened it and was so sad every time I had to put it down, I was even sadder when it ended. I’ve been very intentional about what I read lately and want to make sure I get to read books by POC for POC and that is what this book is. This book covers so many important topics and I cant even begin to talk about them all here.
I kept thinking about how I wanted to write this review and how to express my feelings because I don’t want to overstep. I also kept thinking about how much I wanted to write I elaborate review but then I thought that wouldn’t be authentic. I couldn’t talk about this book in an academic voice and make my review inaccessible to others.
So after that spiel here goes my attempt at giving this book the review it deserves. This book is something that I was able to relate to on different levels but not all levels and that’s okay. I think that was the point of this book, for black people to be seen and validated first and foremost and also for others to learn that not everything has to be about them. You can love a book, relate to characters, and to the plot and have it not be about you. I struggled with whether I wanted to put that in this review or leave it out but it is so important here and it’s a part of my feelings towards this book.
I loved each and every one of these characters, even the ones we get a chapter for. They were all well developed and had complex relationships with each other and the world around them. I loved that there was a non-binary character because when I enjoy any type of media all I see are white non-binary people and I always think but what about POC, do we not exist outside of my friend groups? This book just reminds me of why representation matters and the importance of spreading books like this around to others.
I’d love to hear your thoughts if you read it. I can talk about this book forever so please talk to me about it.
You can get this book at Barnes and Noble or at your local library. If your library doesn’t have it please recommend that they get it.