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Out of Darkness (2015)

by Ashley Hope Pérez

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No words, it was simply amazing. ( )
  Raven-Vogel | Oct 29, 2017 |
RGG: Amazing realistic fiction set in an intriguing historical context. In fact the intensity of relationships and feelings actually overshadows the historical disaster and the resulting tragic ending feels rushed and almost anti-climatic. Will convert non-historical fiction readers. The description of sexual feelings is somewhat explicit as well as the sexual abuse. Reading Interest: YA.
  rgruberhighschool | Sep 11, 2017 |
"Pérez deftly weaves [an] unflinchingly intense narrative....A powerful, layered tale of forbidden love in times of unrelenting racism." --starred, School Library Journal ( )
  kvessels | Jun 25, 2017 |
Narrated by Benita Robledo and Lincoln Hoppe. SPOILER: This book is relentlessly tragic all the way through! The foreboding lurks throughout and you know things will not go well. That said, there are moments of tenderness and ease: Naomi's secret love with Wash, her friendship with Tommie, her love and Wash's fondness for the twins. At first I could not get into Robledo's narration. Her voice seems too light and feminine when reading the parts about Henry and Wash. Eventually, the arc and drama of the story and characters kept me going. Hoppe is immediately effective, if not used nearly enough, performing the perspective of the leering "Gang" in an oily, Texas twang. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Apr 15, 2017 |
Naomi moves to East Texas with her twin siblings after their grandparents have a hard time caring for them and the twins' father has found God and summons them to live with him. Naomi has much darker skin than her siblings and is more clearly Mexican, she soon faces the discrimination that this brings. When they meet Wash, an African-American teen, there is a connection.
The characters are well drawn in this heartbreaking story of love, loss, and life in 1930s Texas. The book uses the 1937 school explosion (one of the worst school disasters in US history) as the backdrop. The book doesn't shy away from the racism of the time. I felt a sense of foreboding for about the second half of the book. And the tragedy struck again and again for these characters that I had come to cheer for and wanted to be okay. Naomi is stuck in an impossible situation which seems to get worse once her step-father makes his intentions known. ( )
  ewyatt | Mar 15, 2017 |
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Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.

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