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Unprepared for how good this book was.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 16, 2022
Excellent, excellent, excellent! I was totally unprepared for how good this book was! I knew very little about Sunny, except that she is a Black Puerto Rican New Yorker and on The View, (which I don't watch). However, I grew up in New York and am very engaged in African American culture, and Puerto Rican culture.
Aesthetically, it was easy to visualize the many neighborhoods that she described. I could hear the accents in my head as I read the conversations between her and her friends and relatives. It was interesting to read about her reasons for becoming a prosecutor. She thoroughly explained her thought process.
Most revealing was her navigation through the world as an Afro Puerto Rican, as a "light-skinned" Puerto Rican. "Colorism" is well known in communities of color. Sunny gives a first-hand account of the effect it had on her on both sides of her family. But contrary to what another reviewer wrote, Sunny is fluent in Spanish. I agree with Sunny that it seems only Americans are uno-lingual, (my word). She and her husband raised their children bi-lingual. Sunny was also very candid about the advantages of being light-skinned in television land. While I believe it took courage to write about it, it is an open secret that few journalists will admit to.
I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to aspiring lawyers and journalists.