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Sag Harbor Tells Every Teen’s Story

April 29, 2009


Today Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Sag Harbor, was released. Reading on the beaches of CA probably didn’t hurt my opinion of this book, but I absolutely loved it.

I’m a Rhode Island-native white girl who definitely didn’t have a summer home or beach house growing up (or now, for that matter), but Benji’s story is so universal, everyone can identify with him. As a 15-year-old, he is fiercely loyal to his brother, confused about friends and girls, dealing with family dynamics and unsure of who he is and is becoming. Who can’t identify with that?

Of course being one of the only black kids in his prep school doesn’t help and the varying views and ideas on race he gets from his family, friends, employer and strangers confuse but intrigue him. Benji’s innocence and sincerity makes you love him. And even though he makes some poor decisions, Benji has a compelling sense of right and wrong and he is sure to succeed.

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