The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed is a coming-of-age debut novel. It explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots. Published by

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Los Angeles, 1992

Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It’s the end of senior year and they’re spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer. Everything changes one afternoon in April when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley’s not just one of the girls. She’s one of the black kids.

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The most awaited book is here! Los Angeles, 1992 Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It’s the end of senior year and they’re spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer. Everything changes one afternoon in April, when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley’s not just one of the girls. She’s one of the black kids. As violent protests engulf LA and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal. Even as her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. Even as the model black family façade her wealthy and prominent parents have built starts to crumble. Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson. With her world splintering around her, Ashley, along with the rest of LA, is left to question who is the us? And who is the them? #TheBlackKids #ChristinaHammondsReed #ReadTheBlackKids #ownvoices #BIPOC #blm #theblackkids #simonteen #blackauthors #pursuepretty #visualcrush #makeitblissful #darlingdaily #chooselovely #seekthesimplicity #capturequite #simpleandstill #everysquareastory #readya #biblio_feature #bookstagram #designyourspaces #styleithappy #bookgram #mybookfeatures #yabookstagram @titlewavesbandra @higginbothamsbookstore @midlandbooksofficial @bahrisons_booksellers @ombookshop @oxfordbookstores

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As violent protests engulf LA and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal. Even as her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. Even as the model black family facade her wealthy and prominent parents have built starts to crumble. Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson.

With her world splintering around her, Ashley, along with the rest of LA, is left to question who is the us? And who is the them?

About the Author

Christina Hammonds Reed received her MFA in film and television production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and was a Nicholl Fellowship finalist. Her short stories have been published in the Santa Monica Review and One Teen Story. She grew up in Los Angeles and has lived all over the city. She was eight when the riots happened, and every day on her morning commute she drives through neighborhoods that still very much bear the scars of ’92.

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