Finally, I got a chance to sit down and read Carleen Brice's Orange Mint and Honey. You might recall Brice is the brains behind National Buy a Book by a Black Author and Give it to Someone Not Black Month.
I loved it!
Those of us who had less than stellar childhoods often wish our parents would change, but what happens if they do? What happens if an alcoholic parent gets sober, has another kid and treats them how you wish they'd treated you?
What if your now clean and straight parent, fails to recognize what a neurotic mess they made of you?
How do you deal with wanting to be happy your parent is better, but feeling like all you went through is minimized or forgotten? What if as a young adult you are still living with the repercussions of their addiction, while they've moved on!
Brice captures the very complicated relationship between mother and daughter, and addresses how children who are forced into too much responsibility in some areas often have arrested development in others.
This is a "can't put it down" kind of book. I read it in less than 24 hours.
Brice has a second novel coming out in July. This white girl can't wait to read it.