One night, when Genesis’ dad was drunk, he said something that she just can’t let go of. As hard as she tries. So, she decides that if she can change this one thing about herself, all of her problems will go away, and that includes the fact that her dad seems to have quite a few problems of his own. Because Genesis believes she is the cause of all of her family’s issues. If only she’d been born more like her mother. Her mother, with her beautiful light colored skin and her “good” hair, unlike Genesis who gets called names like eggplant and charcoal.
Genesis is hoping that in this latest move and house and school she’ll finally get with the “cool” girls, but when she convinces them to come over to her place after school, she is horrified to see all their things on the front lawn. They’ve been evicted….again! And worst of all, in front of the girls she was trying so hard to impress. So it is on to another house and another school for Genesis.
Only this time, by some crazy miracle, the house is amazing! Her dad promises that he’s getting a promotion at work, and that they won’t get kicked out of this house. Not only that, but Genesis starts to feel like she can actually breathe in her new school. The only question is, how can she make her dad love her like he does her mom? She needs to figure out the answer quickly, before it is too late for them all.
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams is a look at how we all have things that we hate about ourselves, and how in time, we all must figure out a way to either live with it or end up destroying ourselves or others around us if we don’t.
Recommended for grades 6th and up.