Title: What’s Mine And Yours
Author: Naima Coster
Publisher: Grand Central
Genre: Literary Fiction
There is a fine line between like and love. Sometimes it’s really close and sometimes it’s really far apart. In this case it’s really, really close. I really wanted to love this book, but it fell short in a few areas and ended up being just a like for me.
One of the main things that bothered me was the synopsis. I really thought I would be reading more about the divide between two schools, one on the east side of town and the other on the west side on town. One of which, predominantly white. But honestly, that storyline felt very minor in the book.
I read a lot of historical fiction, where dual timelines are the norm. So I was ready and experienced for multiple timelines. However, this one is actually three different years and it doesn’t not flip in any sort of order. The story feels very non linear and can be confusing for the reader. Though, if you stick with, it does all come together at the end and you will be rewarded with an aha moment of sorts.
Jade is an ambitious Black mother who is dealing with a great loss. Her son Gee is sensitive and anxious about his place in the world. Lacey May is a white mother who is headstrong and refuses to see her half Latina daughter’s, including Noelle, as anything but white.
When Gee and Noelle join the school play together meant to bridge the divide between their new and old students, their paths collide, and their two disconnected families begin to form deeply knotted and messy ties that will shape the trajectory of their adult lives.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I wanted more! Like I said in the beginning I wanted more about the schools. More about the town (ex.secondary characters). More about the children. I especially thought the character Gee could’ve been explored more. Another book for me that the premise was there, but maybe the execution was off.