One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite

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Rating ★★★

Even as the phrase rings wrong in her mind—why are only certain people deemed worthy to be missed?

This is a gorgeous and impactful novel that questions what it means to be ‘one of the good ones’ and how to use one’s voice to speak up for what’s right.

Kezi, who is a Youtuber and young activist attends a rally for a Black man who was wrongfully killed. During the protest, she is arrested and mysteriously dies within police custody. 

To pay homage to her, her two sisters, Happi and Genny embark on a journey using the Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide.

I loved so much about this book that I couldn’t put it down. It takes a look at racism, bias, and the bond of sisterhood. It also was a great depiction of what happens to a family when a member is lost to police brutality. I feel like everyone played a part in the story and the development of the characters and how we saw so much history was also a nice surprise. 

I still have a few questions that were left unanswered and the twist to Kezi’s story, I definitely didn’t see that coming. For the most part, this was a timely and impactful read.

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