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Sugar Town Queens follows Amandla as she discovers the secrets her mother has kept hidden from her about her family and learns to rely on other people.
This was such a good book! I loved how interesting Amandla was as a main character. I particularly loved the dynamic between her and her mother and how that relationship developed, and I loved watching her learn more about her family and friends throughout the book. The relationship she has with her friends is such a great one! I love seeing all three of them on the cover and love the way they develop into a sort of found family!
This is a great coming-of-age novel and deals with family, friends, identity, love and loss. It also deals with power structures, wealth, racism and colorism, sexism, and many other things that I wish 15 year olds like Amandla didn't have to deal with, but do. I thought this book did a great job!
Graphic: Chronic illness, Terminal illness, Blood, Emotional abuse, Death, Gun violence, Sexual harassment, and Violence
Moderate: Forced institutionalization, Death of parent, Medical content, Medical trauma, and Mental illness
Minor: Homophobia, Religious bigotry, and Sexual assault