Book Review

And We Rise eARC Mini Review

And We Rise

A powerful, impactful, eye-opening journey that explores through the Civil Rights Movement in 1950s-1960s America in spare and evocative verse, with historical photos interspersed throughout.


My Review

A quick, informational and thought provoking read. The verse was easy to follow but at times I felt it could have been more, I don’t mean in emotion but more to the verse in general for young readers to connect to, it almost goes by too quickly to take in as much as we should. The white space can be a good way to slow it down and take it all in but in an e-format it perhaps doesn’t hit as hard as in physical. I would say overall the pictures gave me more pause than the white space, and of course the words first and foremost.

I do like that it makes you want to go out and learn more, its job isn’t to teach the reader everything the world has neglected to teach it but rather to entice them to want to learn more. The verse is easy to read and spans across a wide age group that it could benefit and appeal to. It certainly makes me want to go back and look into everything more, especially Claudette Colvin and other unsung heroes like her.

4/5 Cups of coffee from me. Thanks so much to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

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