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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
The year is 1969, and all hopes for a great sophomore year of high school are dashed for Nell when she finds out that she can no longer go to her old school and would be bused to one in which she would be the minority. In attempts to desegregate the public school system, white children were bused to black neighborhood schools while black kids were going to white ones. Nell isn’t too thrilled to be one of the few people she knew going to Stonewall High School. What she doesn’t expect is to make friends of color when they join the school play. Suddenly this new world is ripped from her when she’s forced to go to an all-girls Catholic school because her mother has misconceptions about Stonewall. Enlisting her father’s help, Nell makes a plan to help her get back to the school that she’s learned to love.
I thought Hey, White Girl was a great read. It takes us back to a very important part of history during the civil rights movement that few discuss. It was a big deal when the cities began to desegregate the public school system, and we see a young lady figuring out who she is and standing up for what’s right. Nell’s character is very relatable, and you go through this journey of finding herself with her. Judith Bice has done a wonderful job with this novel, and I definitely recommend reading it.