Book Review: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

🤩🥳✨Book Review ✨💫🌈

I’ve had this lovely treasure buried in my bookshelf for a couple a months now, and I finally got around to reading it, and I do not regret it. I’m so glad I waited until I had some time off to read it because this is a book that has a deeply entangled storyline. You literally get lost in the story from the very beginning and sometimes need time to digest it all, and that’s a great thing.

I love complex storylines with relatable topics embedded & lessons that stay with you after closing the book.

Recap: 📚 📖
When Desiree and Stella Vignes runaway to start a new life, Desiree believes is to start a new life together but Stella has other plans. They both grew up as Twin sisters that were always together and shared every part of life except Stella was “special”. She had the ability to be white passing because of the light complexion of her skin. Throughout their whole life this becomes an obstacle for Desiree and an opportunity for Stella. Stella chooses the life of being white and decides to delete her blackness while Desiree has no choice but to live the life “she was given.” She returns to her home in Mallard and Stella continues to hide from her true self.

Themes & Messages 🤔 💭
Throughout the novel, we read about Stella and Desiree’s differing experiences with race. This book opens your eyes to the racism and colorism that at times exists within people of color. This novel has themes of racism, colorism, classism, sexism, rape, abuse, and the importance of accepting who you are.

🌟 🌟 Brit Bennett is an amazing author and I am so happy I gave this book a chance. I am looking forward to reading other books from Brit Bennett.

What do you recommend I try from her collection next?

Did you enjoy the “Vanishing Half?” What stood with you after reading it? Please comment your thoughts down below.

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