It’s happening again, friends. I finished a book and have no words to describe how I feel about it. Of course, this is a good thing, because all I want to do is yell “PLEASE READ THIS BOOK, IT’S AMAZING AND YOU’LL LOVE IT!” The book in question this time is One of the Good Ones, written by sisters Maika and Maritza Moulita.
The book follows the story of Kezi, a Black teen activist, who is arrested and killed. The story flips back and forth between different perspectives, and also goes back and forth from “before” and “after” the arrest. You see a glimpse of her life before her death, and how her family grieves and processes the tragic event afterwards.
I’ll admit I was a bit confused by all the back and forth, and various characters, but it does come together. Everything will make sense once the twist is revealed, and !!!!!, I did NOT see this one coming. It literally made me scream out loud; I was shocked and horrified and also hopeful at the same time.
One of the Good Ones tells an incredible story, and discusses racism, activism, the Black Lives Matter movement, and themes of grief, loss, and hope. It’s a powerful, important story, and I hope it finds its way into the hands of many readers.
If you’re looking for a book that covers social justice themes, has a wicked twist, or will challenge you to think, add this one to your list.
Thank you Harper Collins Canada for a digital review copy via NetGalley. One of the Good Ones by Maika and Maritza Moulita came out on January 5, 2021, and can be purchased wherever books are sold.