This Side of Home

This Side of Home

Book - 2015
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Twins Nikki and Maya Younger always agreed on most things, but as they head into their senior year they react differently to the gentrification of their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood and the new--white--family that moves in after their best friend and her mother are evicted.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2015
ISBN: 9781599906683
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 21 cm


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This Side of Home follows the senior year of identical twins, Nikki and Maya, and is told from Maya’s perspective. Nikki and Maya have always been inseparable. However, gentrification and their reaction to the development of their neighborhood threaten to tear the two teens apart. Nikki is excite... Read More »

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Mar 29, 2018

This was a very enjoyable read. It does talk about important and complex topics but its all very relatable especially for people of color. I finished it within a day. I thought the characters were believable and interesting. I also enjoyed the history and all the portland related topics. I think this would be very impactful for teens and young adults!

Dec 11, 2017

I'm glad this exists. So important to have these conversations with our youth and ourselves ongoing.

Feb 12, 2016

This is a great book about love, school, race, and gentrification that takes place in North East portland. Unlike so many other YA books, there was more to the plot than a love story, which was a relief. I have only two minor complaints about it. One, that she talks about her best friend Essence for the whole book but then forgets about her for a while, which seemed odd. The other is just a little geography thing— at one point they head north on marine drive, which just isn't possible. Besides that, it was a wonderful book.

Nov 27, 2015

North Portland gets to be a character in this tale of building and fighting for your community. Maya is aware of the gentrification that is destroying her neighborhood, even as her twin sister is excited by the opportunity. Poetic prose, likeable characters, and a very tame romance between Maya and her new white neighbor make this a book that's not only enjoyable but accessible.


Good read - JH


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