Peas and Carrots

Peas and Carrots

Book - 2016
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Dess knows that nothing good lasts. Disappointment is never far away, and that's a truth that Dess has learned to live with. Dess's mother's most recent arrest is just the latest in a long line of disappointments, but this one lands her with her baby brother's foster family. Dess doesn't exactly fit in with the Carters. They're so happy, so comfortable, so normal, and Hope, their teenage daughter, is so hopelessly naïve. Dess and Hope couldn't be more unlike each other, but Austin loves them both like sisters. Over time their differences, insurmountable at first, fall away to reveal two girls who want the same thing: to belong.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
ISBN: 9780553512823
9780553512816
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm.

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joywolf83
Aug 25, 2016

Good idea....un likable main characters. Loved the idea of foster family. Loved the idea of mixing a white girl into a black family. However it took 3/4 of the book for your main character to start acting normal nice. So there was very little space for the two girls to grow together and respect each other. I wish it had gone more into trust issues with her new family alot quicker instead of waiting till the last chapter to smush it all in. It lacked the emotional impact due to the main characters acting so distasteful for so long.

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lostintheshelves
Aug 03, 2016

An engaging young adult novel about two very different teen girls. Dess, a white, hard-edged foster kid with a traumatic background, is taken in by a middle-class African-American family and finds herself at odds with their naive and sheltered daughter, Hope. Davis manages to make the well-meaning Hope, struggling with her own insecurities, just as sympathetic as the difficult but dynamic Dess, and the girls' slow climb from enemies to friends is enjoyable. It's not a plot-driven or fast-paced book (Dess is convinced that her abusive dad's gang is after her, but that is probably her PTSD, not reality), but well-worth reading--especially if you like stories about black girls that defy stereotypes.

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