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181 pages, Paperback
First published February 29, 2000
Towsiah Green has a perfect family and a happy life. That is what she always thought until on day, her father, a policeman, saw two of his fellow policemen gunned down an innocent kid and he decided to become a witness in the trial. The decision is like a hammer that strike the foundation of the happy life that they have and everything comes crumbling down. Now, they need to move, change their names and live a totally new life. The story is told by Evie Thomas, the new Towsiah. I like how present and the past woven so perfectly, by the end of it, a reader could tell the back story of Towsiah and the current tale of Evie. We could totally see how Evie and her family struggled and most importantly, how Towsiah matured and become Evie.
The story also questions what is the right thing to do in the situation where doing the right thing is also means to lose everything in your life.
It's sad however, to realize that the same race issue is still relevant in today's time and generation after it was written in this book almost 20 years ago.