Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee

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Book: Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman

Author: Kristen R. Lee

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4.5/5

Diversity: Black MC and characters

Recommended For…: young adult readers, contemporary, social justice issues, college-aged characters

Publication Date: February 1, 2022

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 16+ (racism, micro-aggressions, white privilege, language, generational trauma, harassment)

Explanation of CWs: The book discusses racism, micro-aggressions, harassment, and white privilege at length. The book has some cursing in it, including white people saying the n-word. There is talk of generational trauma as well.

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 336

Synopsis: Savannah Howard sacrificed her high school social life to make sure she got into a top college. Her sites were set on an HBCU, but when she is accepted to the ivy-covered walls of Wooddale University on a full ride, how can she say no?

Wooddale is far from the perfectly manicured community it sells on its brochures, though. Savannah has barely unpacked before she comes face-to-face with microagressions stemming from racism and elitism. Then, Clive Wilmington’s statue is vandalized with blackface. The prime suspect? Lucas Cunningham, Wooddale’s most popular student and son to a local prominent family. Soon, Savannah is unearthing the hidden secrets of Wooddale’s racist history. But what’s the price for standing up for what is right? And will telling the truth about Wooddale’s past cost Savannah her own future?

A stunning, challenging, and timely debut about racism and privilege on college campuses.

Review: For the most part I enjoyed the book. I loved the message that it had about what racism, white privilege, micro aggressions, and being Black looks like behind the eyes of a Black woman who is entering a college that is a PWI. The book showed some of the horrors that Black and other POC students face in college, from slowness of action to remove hateful graffiti from a door to blackface to not reacting in an appropriate and sensitive manner to victims of racism and hatred. I also thought the book had a great message in finding your community and fighting back against the hate you get. I love the character development and the world building and overall I thought it was a well done novel, one that should be required reading.

The only issues I had with the book is that I felt like there was just a lot going on within the relatively short book. There wasn’t a lot of lull between issues that came up in the book and it felt like I couldn’t catch a break, which was more than likely the point of the writing style.

Verdict: It was well done!

Book Info:

Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: February 1, 2022

Synopsis:

A striking debut novel about racism on elite college campuses. Fans of Dear White People will embrace this activist-centered contemporary novel about a college freshman grappling with the challenges of attending an elite university with a disturbing racist history–that may not be as distant as it seems.

Savannah Howard sacrificed her high school social life to make sure she got into a top college. Her sites were set on an HBCU, but when she is accepted to the ivy-covered walls of Wooddale University on a full ride, how can she say no?

Wooddale is far from the perfectly manicured community it sells on its brochures, though. Savannah has barely unpacked before she comes face-to-face with microagressions stemming from racism and elitism. Then, Clive Wilmington’s statue is vandalized with blackface. The prime suspect? Lucas Cunningham, Wooddale’s most popular student and son to a local prominent family. Soon, Savannah is unearthing the hidden secrets of Wooddale’s racist history. But what’s the price for standing up for what is right? And will telling the truth about Wooddale’s past cost Savannah her own future?

A stunning, challenging, and timely debut about racism and privilege on college campuses.

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53924267-required-reading-for-the-disenfranchised-freshman

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IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593309155

About the Author:

Kristen R. Lee is a native of Memphis Tennessee, whose love of books stems from her grandmother who was a school teacher. After graduating with a bachelor’s in communication from MTSU, she began to draft her first novel which focuses on systemic racism and Black culture. Growing up in Memphis, a majority Black city, writing stories that reflect her upbringing is what she strives to do. When she’s not writing, you can find her on twitter sharing memes about not writing.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.kristenleebooks.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristenleebooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristenleebooks/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20394490.Kristen_R_Lee

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