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Book Review | The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Date Published | June 1, 2021

Date Read | July 2021

Goodreads Rating | 3

Overall | What a cool concept – this black girl at a publishing house finally gets another coworker who is also black but she’s not helpful and actually ends up becoming her worst nightmare

Pros | Own Voices

Cons | This book starts out super strong and grips you right away and then all of the sudden at like the 1/3 mark, it meanders into literary fiction zone and gets boring and dull but picks up again in the last chapter

Warnings | This is literary fiction

POV | First Person POV Past Tense

Will I Be Continuing With The Series | No

Description |

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust.

Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW.

It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career.

A whip-smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt manipulated, threatened, or overlooked in the workplace, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.

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