The Other Black Girl

I’m so close to having completed my Summer Reading list. The Other Black Girl, a debut novel by Zakiya Dalila Harris is second to last. I read a lot about this book in the spring and early summer, but heard two negative reviews from friends, so I wasn’t as excited as I had been to start. “Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust. Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW. It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career.” (Amazon) While I enjoyed this read most of the way through, the main character’s angst was pretty repetitive and the ending was really far-fetched. So, overall, I would agree with the negative reviews that I heard about this one and give it a pass. Too bad, because it could have been great.

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