This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.

There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. Like #95: Because her skin is so dark, people call her charcoal and eggplant—even her own family. And #61: Because her family is always being put out of their house, belongings laid out on the sidewalk for the world to see. When your dad is a gambling addict and loses the rent money every month, eviction is a regular occurrence.

What’s not so regular is that this time they all don’t have a place to crash, so Genesis and her mom have to stay with her grandma. It’s not that Genesis doesn’t like her grandma, but she and Mom always fight—Grandma haranguing Mom to leave Dad, that she should have gone back to school, that if she’d married a lighter skinned man none of this would be happening, and on and on and on. But things aren’t all bad. Genesis actually likes her new school; she’s made a couple friends, her choir teacher says she has real talent, and she even encourages Genesis to join the talent show.

But how can Genesis believe anything her teacher says when her dad tells her the exact opposite? How can she stand up in front of all those people with her dark, dark skin knowing even her own family thinks lesser of her because of it? Why, why, why won’t the lemon or yogurt or fancy creams lighten her skin like they’re supposed to? And when Genesis reaches #100 on the list of things she hates about herself, will she continue on, or can she find the strength to begin again?
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published on January 15, 2019 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
ISBN-10: 1481465805
ISBN-13: 9781481465809
2 Book Reviews
  • bluewriter
    bluewriterWednesday, October 7, 2020 at 11:06 am55 stars
    Genies begins again is about a girl who is always outside (if you read you wold know what I mean) her father is not the best he’s never home and if he is he’s to drunk to care. I don’t want give away the story but please read it its an amazing book!!
    • anaiyajarrette
      anaiyajarretteThursday, February 20, 2020 at 6:51 pm55 stars
      I think this is a very interesting book. It shows you should always love yourself. Genesis is a young girl who doesn't love herself. She complains about her skin color (How she thinks she's to dark) and gets picked on about it. Two girls made a list about her that says 100 Reasons Why We Hate Genesis. Even though it only went up to 60, she continued it to 87. She has a father who drinks and she hates that very much. I love this book.