Every Body Looking

Every Body Looking

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"When Ada leaves home for her freshman year at a Historically Black College, it's the first time she's ever been so far from her family--and the first time that she's been able to make her own choices and to seek her place in this new world. As she stumbles deeper into the world of dance and explores her sexuality, she also begins to wrestle with her past--her mother's struggle with addiction, her Nigerian father's attempts to make a home for her. Ultimately, Ada discovers she needs to brush off the destiny others have chosen for her and claim full ownership of her body and her future"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Books, [2020]
ISBN: 9780525556206
Characteristics: 403 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Everybody looking


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ArapahoeJulieH Feb 26, 2021

A complex and often heartbreaking coming of age novel. Ada, a Nigerian American teen leaves her well-meaning, but repressive, religious Nigerian father and her estranged mother, for college away from home. A thread of childhood and adolescent loneliness courses through the story. Ada is one of the only persons of color in her private school on Chicago’s north side; she suffers from an unresolved incident of child molestation from an older relative while staying at her maternal grandmother’s home; she longs for an unachievable closeness with her mother. Ada is also caught between two cultures: Nigerian and Black American. Written beautifully in verse, the story toggles between flashbacks and real time where Ada eventually finds her voice and reclaims her body through her passion for dance.


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