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Out of Darkness
Out of Darkness | Ashley Hope Prez
"This is East Texas, and there's lines. Lines you cross, lines you don't cross. That clear?" New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Smith and Wash Fullerton know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them. They know the people who enforce them. But there are some forces even the most determined color lines cannot resist. And sometimes all it takes is an explosion. Ashley Hope Prez takes the facts of the 1937 New London school explosionthe worst school disaster in American historyas a backdrop for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people.
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Aswenson
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Am I going to be able to make it through this one? Seems like I will be bawling by the end! #audiorunning

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valeriegeary
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Set in 1937. East Texas. A Mexican American girl and an African American boy fall in love. There are certain lines that shouldn't be crossed in East Texas and when they are, the consequences are explosive.

I don't know about you but I'm saying "yes please" to this book!! #tbrtemptation #buildyourbacklist #diversereads #yareads

ElishaLovesBooks I liked this book. Gave me lots to think about. Enjoy! 2y
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This was so much more than just the tale of a 1937 East Texas school explosion. Very dark and bitter, excellent writing.
⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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mboots
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This book was sad and extremely troublesome (and disturbing) at points. The book is told by several narrators but the chapters were short enough to not get confused by it. I didn't see the end of the book coming.

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This book came to mind for 😡 it made me so angry I wanted to fling it across the room. #emojinov

BookishTrish Tell me more.... was is terrible? 2y
RealLifeReading Oh wow why? 2y
moarbookspleaze Oooh. I want to know too. This has been on my shelf unread. 2y
[DELETED] 206653737 @BookishTrish @RealLifeReading @moarbookspleaze it‘s been a year since I read it & I don‘t want to spoil anything so I‘ll be vague, the time era is sad, the man they have to end up living with is icky, and just when you start to think that maybe it might turn out alright, insert throwing book across the room. This was a book club book for me and I think only one person gave it above a 3 ⭐️ You Guys might enjoy it though. 2y
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This is defiantly a book I wanted to fling across the room, and it just so happens to be a FYA book club read from last year. Not why I picked it of course just worked for #frustrationthynameis #fyaphotoaday

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Book Mail 📚📦📬

MrBook Oooh, this cover! 😳😁 2y
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maximoffs
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Oh. My. Gosh. This book. I had no idea what to expect from this book but man am I glad I read it. It will haunt you, and stay with you, and you'll probably never shake. It takes place in 1930's Texas, and culminates in the School Explosion that happened there, this book deals with race, and family issues, and I just cannot say anything more about how amazing it is. This book will haunt you.

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Caryl
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This book is beautifully written, but it is so very, very sad. #lostloves #jubilantjuly

@RealLifeReading

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Caryl
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Homework, Week 3.

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Sharanya
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Oh god, this book broke me — completely, utterly tore me to shreds. It has a bit of a slow start, and as y'all know I don't love revolving POVs, but, my god, once the story really got started, I couldn't look away. Naomi & Wash were poetically rendered against the stormy Texas town on the eve & aftermath of the worst tragedy. A dark, searing romance about the price of love in a world clinging to a cliff. ★★★★☆.

(*TW for rape & abuse)

Cinfhen Beautiful review but those TW's .... 3y
ramyasbookshelf Great review! Adding this to my wishlist! 3y
monkeygirlsmama Stacked. 3y
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Sharanya @Cinfhen I know 😕. But if you decide to read it, it's so amazing! 3y
Sharanya @ramyasbookshelf thanks! Hope you like it too! 3y
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Sharanya
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#currentlyreading | I'm on a dark romance kick, apparently ❤️

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MyBelovedLittleBooks
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This book broke my heart! I was not expecting the ending at all. I devoured this book in 2 sittings. The book was told from various perspectives. The chapters were short which made for a quick read. I generally don't like love stories, but this one was well written. It sheds light on a historical event I was unaware of. It also showed how unjust society was to minorities. This is a really good read and I would definitely recommend this book.

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#DidntLikeItStillFinished
I probably would not have finished had it not been a bookclub read.
#MarchIntoReading

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Chelsibno
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This was both an exciting and tough read. I wanted to know what would happen so badly that I couldn't put it down. However, many scenes and issues were incredibly dark and brutal, even for a YA title. The whole book was an emotional roller coaster. In some ways, it reminded me of White Oleander with its spellbinding writing and stark brutality. The interracial romance was great and made me long for more of those in YA. #2017Book24 #diversebooks

Bookzombie Yay! This one is on my TBR for a challenge. Great review! (edited) 3y
Chelsibno @Bookzombie Thank you! I hope you enjoy reading it! 3y
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Chelsibno
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Yesterday's trip to the library brought back so many treasures! Some of these are for my class on multicultural resources and services. Eleanor of Aquitaine is for my time traveling book club. The two audiobooks are for my own pleasure reading. I'm super excited to read them all! ❤📚#libraryhaul #bookhaul #toberead #library

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#bestofnovember turned into more of, least liked in November, because I enjoyed everything I read minus one. I have a hard time picking favorites though, haha. #photoadaynov16

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ericalynnb
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I absolutely adored the characters in this book. They were realistic and flawed and so endearing. This made it all the more jarring when their safety was threatened then they were saved repeatedly before one of the most violent and heart rending climaxes I've ever read. I appreciate all the historical details and that the author wanted to stay true to the period, but I still don't feel like it was necessary.

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What an incredibly powerful and heartbreaking book to read right now. I finished it last night and just can't stop thinking about it. It was very difficult to read most of this book but it's such an important story that Ashley Perez has decided to tell from the perspectives that history often forgets. I won't forget Naomu and Wash for a long time. #fyabookclub

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ForeverYoungAdult
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Generally, the 1930s is not a popular decade in YA historical fiction. The poverty of New London and Egypt Town is pervasive and requires everyone to make massive sacrifices. Did you learn anything new about how people survived the Depression? #novfyabc #fyabookclub

BrandiNB Honestly, I've never been much of a history buff, so pretty much anything is new to me. 😳I think more interesting to me was the fact that while life for Naomi was so much harder (in terms of money and access to food, clothing, 3y
BrandiNB etc.) prior to living with Henry, she would have gone back in a second. Not that I blame her at all! I was also pleased that Perez depicted minority characters dealing with economic and societal struggles that were often stereotypically assumed to be "dumb" or unintelligent as very smart and capable. 3y
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When we chose this book for Nov. FYABC, we had no idea how apt it would be. We hope everyone is surviving the election results and fallout. Let's start the book discussion. #fyabookclub #novfyabc

1. This book deals with harsh racism and bigoted attitudes. How did you feel about Perez's use ofthe period's racist language?

BookNerdBritt It's always jarring for me on a personal level to read or hear certain slurs, but it's part of the context of the story. I wouldn't go as far as to advocate for using them, but I certainly don't fault the author for using them as a vehicle to show the ugliness of the attitudes toward people of color. 3y
skullsinthesea Agreed. To me, it felt authentic, because people certainly did speak that way, but that jarring feeling carried throughout the book. I thought she did it well, because it always stung--I was never desensitized. 3y
BrandiNB I agree that using such terms leant authenticity to the story. I think she did a great job of using language authentic to the time period, but making clear that it was NOT OKAY. While I wouldn't say that I would advocate for the use of racial slurs, I think the book might have been less impactful without them. 3y
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Legxleg
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So today is incredibly depressing, and finishing Out of Darkness, arguably the most depressing novel ever and the worst one to finish last night, didn't help. I feel like I'm in dire need of escapism. Unfortunately, an absurd amount of my TBR pile won't do. Litsy people, help me! Romance novels, non-depressing and non-rapey fantasy novels, funny books, books where the dog doesn't die! Please and thank you

Legxleg Commenting on my own post to give Recs to others. My Lady Jane by Jodi Meadows, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, The Duchess War by Courtney Milan, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Good luck to all the other escapists, feel better and I hope you can face the day soon. 3y
BookNerdBritt YES. I knew Out of Darkness was going to be depressing, so I figured I should finish it while I was already in a bad mood rather than let it bring me down when I was in a good mood. I'm not sure I made the right call, because DAMN, THAT ENDING. 3y
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BookNerdBritt
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This book was phenomenal... until the end. It wasn't that I expected a happy ending. I was prepared to be devastated. But it got to the point where it just became gratuitous. It was almost like the author was showing off, like "Look how many times I can make you think everything's okay and then rip your heart out!" I have enough of that in my own life right now, so at a certain point I just stopped caring in order to protect myself from the pain.

[DELETED] 206653737 Agree completely! Kept leading on that just maybe it would all be ok, nope! 3y
skullsinthesea I can totally see that, although I knew it was a Romeo and Juliet retelling(ish) going in, and Shakespeare sure likes to kill everyone onstage. 3y
Jas16 I absolutely hear what you are saying. There were moments where I was pretty much screaming, "Really?!" But I was so emotionally invested by the end that it all still hurt. 3y
[DELETED] 3517561138 Oh yes. I loved the book but that ending! It was bad. So bad. And you're right it got to the point where it just felt over the top. It broke my heart and also turned my stomach. 3y
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What a tragic book. It came real close to being thrown across the room.
#threwitacrosstheroom
#fyabc
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ForeverYoungAdult
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Happy November! Let's get our #fyabookclub discussion going by introducing ourselves. No book spoilers on this question, please!

Icebreaker: Being the oldest female in the family, Naomi is thrust into a "homemaker" role. Some of her duties, like sewing new clothes, she genuinely enjoys. Do you have any "traditional" hobbies or duties that you particularly like to do?

#novfyabc

skullsinthesea I'll start! Hi, I'm Jennie from FYA. I really love to cook (the more complicated and ridiculous, the better), but I also find cross-stitch pretty soothing. (I probably wouldn't love it if I were forced to do it! I love that photo going around of the sampler, reading "Edith-Anne made this in 1848 and hated every stitch.") 3y
SeeStephWrite I'm Steph, and I'm a member of SFFYA. I wish I were half-decent at sewing, but I'm terrible at it. I do love knitting however; it's soothing and rewarding, and I love seeing things materialize before me like magic. I also love cooking and baking, though I prefer one-pot meals to fancy feasts. There's something so satisfying about cooking for myself though. 3y
[DELETED] 206653737 Hi I'm Crystal from FYA Staunton VA. I hear ya @SeeStephWrite wish I were better at sewing too. I really enjoying cleaning the bathroom. Ok just kidding, that's not a favorite at all! I do enjoy cooking though and use that as a way to show family and friends some love. 3y
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Jas16 Hello! I'm Jennifer and I live in San Francisco. I really enjoy baking although I never get to do it anymore because the oven in my apartment is possessed. 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 I'm Emily and I live in Idaho! I'm a stay at home mama to my 16 month old daughter and I get more joy out of taking care of her than I ever thought possible. Nothing feels like chore with her around. I am YA obsessed (I hardly read anything else) and I can't wait to start "Out of Darkness." I've heard such good things! 3y
BookNerdBritt Britt from SFFYA here! I enjoy cooking/baking, just wish I had a bigger kitchen 😞 3y
ForeverYoungAdult @jas16 @BookNerdBritt the curse of SF kitchens, man! 3y
BrandiNB Hi I'm Brandi. I live in Knoxville, TN. I'm a high school librarian and I love reading YA! I have never been inclined to enjoy "traditional" 3y
BrandiNB Sorry! Hit send too soon! I have never been inclined to enjoy "traditional" tasks such as cooking and cleaning. I literally can't think of one such thing that I actually enjoy! 3y
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Jas16
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I think my heart just got ripped out.

BookNerdBritt AHH I'm halfway through this now and I just know I'm going to be devastated... far too invested in the characters not to be! 3y
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ForeverYoungAdult
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Starting in November, we're bringing #fyabookclub discussion to Litsy! Join us each month as we go through our discussion questions and chat with fellow FYAers across the world. (Don't worry, all posts will be marked as spoilers!) #novfyabc's selection is the incredible Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez.

Thanks to @BookNerdBritt for the suggestion!

MandyAguilar Excited for this! 3y
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BrandiNB Yay! Can't wait! 3y
BookNerdBritt Yay!!! 3y
OceanCityMama This is a great idea! 3y
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Teenta
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This is on the high school Sequoyah list. It's excellent, but as a warning does have a good amount of sexual abuse and violence. I'm fine with it for my library but I probably wouldn't give it to younger middle schoolers. That said, the characterization is terrific, and though it's long, the ending is a good payoff. Sheds light on a forgotten episode in East Texas history and the racial tensions there in the 1930s. Heartbreaking story!

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I don't know what to do with myself now. That was beautiful and horrifying and heartbreaking, from the first page forward. I'm glad it exists but I need to recover.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds like it was powerful? 3y
Iindseyo I felt the same way! I was just laid out by the end of it. 3y
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Jessisreading
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I just read the prologue and I am not going to be able to handle this book. I'm prepared. #diverseathon #letsdothis

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"She pressed her palm hard against the branch, felt all the little hurts of its years and felt how the bark had grown up tough and fierce over those hurts..."

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Read this book. It touches on so many painful issues, racism and sexual abuse being the most prominent. It's one of those books where I don't even know what to say about it, or how to sum it up. It just needs to be read.

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Heckinator
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It's been a long time since I have dragged a book around with me to capture free moments to read. This book is STUNNING!

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I've heard really good things about this book. Can't wait to start it.

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WriterKori
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This book killed me. Brilliant historical fiction!

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Starting my morning with this gem. I have gotten so behind on my reading goal this month!

Heckinator Ohhhh....this is in my stack!! May tackled next! 4y
nicolekukral It's really good! Gives me another perspective on race that I hadn't considered before. Plus, there are so many other ideas this book tackles too. 4y
nicolekukral I am 20 pages from the end, and I had to set it down because I am extremely worried about what's going to happen! 4y
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"She bit her lip and thought she could not bear the delicious agony of his touch, and then a slow-boiling sob rose up into her throat. When it came out of her, it turned to laughter."

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Shellyzev
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One of my favourite reads of 2015! Gorgeous writing, a captivating romance and deals with very real and serious issues. A historical fiction you're unlikely to forget. ✨

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