Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans; narrated by Jasmine Mans Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group Publication Date: March 9, 2021 ISBN: 9780593346877
In the poetry collection Black Girl, Call Home, Jasmine Mans writes a love letter to herself and other Black girls and women as they embark on their journeys to find their truth and belonging. Mans explores topics that will appeal to teens including race, sexuality, pop culture, feminism, and mental health. In one prominent poem, a mother argues with her daughter about her interactions with the police. Mans also points a critical lens toward Kanye West and writes in continued support of Black women icons Whitney Houston and Serena Williams.
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All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell; Narrated by Kelly Pruner HarperAudio Publication Date: October 29, 2019 ISBN: 978-1094078885
Ava was raped as a nine year old girl, and it left scars inside and out. Now all her connections with people start with the “scar on her face” story. She comes across a frozen body of a brutalized teen, whose ghost becomes a fixture in Ava’s life as she struggles with what to do about her body.
The audiobook format is really effective for the stream of consciousness style of this book. With the narrator we are inside Ava’s head and able to experience her world from her point of view. Similar in suspense to books like I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson, those who like dark stories of resilience and suspense with LGBTQ characters will like All the Things We Do in the Dark.