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Young Adult Literature Circles: Every Body Looking

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Book Summary

Goodreads Summary:

Every Body Looking is a debut novel in verse tells the story of Ada--daughter of an immigrant father and an African American mother--and her struggle to find a place for herself in America and in her own family.

Every Body Looking is a heavily autobiographical novel of a young woman's struggle to carve a place for herself--for her black female body--in a world of deeply conflicting messages.

Told entirely in verse, Ada's story encompasses her earliest memories as a child, including her abuse at the hands of a young cousin, her mother's rejection and descent into addiction, and her father's attempts to create a home for his American daughter more like the one he knew in Nigeria.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

Author Bio

Candice Iloh is a first generation Nigerian-American author and dancer based in Philadelphia, PA. She is a graduate of Howard University and holds an MFA in writing from Lesley University. Iloh debuted her first one-woman-show, ADA: On Stage, based on her novel, Every Body Looking.


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