Summary: Savannah is a freshman who worked hard to make her mothers selfless giving a reward. During her high school years, she is at the top of her class, is well respected and is confident that she is going places. In retrospect, she would rather enroll in a predominately black college near her home opposed to the mere opposite that is supposed to create a world of opportunity. Upon arrival to the unknown world of opportunity, she discovers that there is a price to pay for what is portrayed versus what is true. Through several twist and turns she experiences growing pains that often leave her hurt and puzzled. Savannah receives front row seats to what privilege looks like, what injustice feels like and how hypocrisy is carried out. How will she handle the challenges? Will she stay at the university of promise, or will she decide to take a different route?
Strengths: Lee portrays a vivid picture of a college experience that leaves a student straddling the fence with choices that determine the future.
Weaknesses: A true cliffhanger. I wonder if there will be a sequel. I would love to know what Savannah does next.
Thoughts: This debut novel is well crafted, insightful, and relatable for young adult readers. It is one of the best that I’ve read in a few years and mirrors my own personal experiences from Ivy League to HBCU.