By Author / Illustrator
Melissa Cummings-Quarry, Natalie A Carter, Dorcas Magbadelo
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Paperback / softback
Your big sis in book form, Grown is a celebration of Black British girlhood that will empower you to live your very best life. Grown. It's a mood. It's a mindset. It's a mantra. It's a lifestyle. It embodies everything that makes us who we are.
Being a teenager and trying to understand who you are and what you stand for is hard. Period. But if you're a Black girl and don't always see yourself represented in the books you read, the films you watch, the adverts you see or the history you're taught, it can be even tougher. Grown: The Black Girls' Guide to Glowing Up was written with one thing in mind sis. You. From understanding identity to the politics of hair to maintaining squad goals to dealing with microaggressions to consent to figuring out what career you might want, Grown has got your back.
Natalie A. Carter and Melissa Cummings-Quarry, founders of Black Girls' Book Club, share stories - the wins and the Ls - and offer honest, practical advice that will show you how to own your choices. To live your truth without fear. To be grown on your own terms without limits or apologies. With a foreword from the inimitable Spice Girl Melanie Brown and contributions from inspirational Black women such as Diane Abbott MP, Dorothy Koomson and Candice Carty-Williams and gorgeous illustrations from Dorcas Magbadelo, Grown is a celebration of Black British girlhood that will empower you to live your very best life.
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I would definitely recommend this book, but to a specific audience. Me being of South Asian minority, I don't think I related to this as much as other black girls would, but I would definitely recommend it to them. It was an interesting read and could give a girl some great insights into growing up, once again, a fantastic book.
Suggested Reading Age 14+
This book guides on how to live your life as a black British girl. It incorporates everything that makes us who we are. Growing up you don’t really see people that look sound or represent us on tv. We were always seen as the 'black ducklings' of society. This book advises you on how to deal with all the micro aggressions You go through day to day. This book has got your back and teaches you how to live your life without the fear of being judged.
Suggested Reading Age 11+
This book has thrown me back into my childhood days growing up in Jamaica. I was born in the UK and as a baby was brought back to to my parents' homeland (JA), I lived there until I was 13 years old. This was typical to do in the 60's.
Grown: The Black Girls' Guide to Glowing Up is a breath of fresh air, it is full of information, some of which is not talked about in our culture. As I was reading it all the things that I have forgotten about came flooding back to me. I also love the fact that this book touched on numerous topics in relation to your finances, body image, prejudice, racism and so much more. An inspirational book to say the least.
Suggested Reading Age 14+