We’re not going to lie – we were hesitant to read this novel when it was trending on TikTok. It seemed boring TBH. However, we were pleasantly surprised. This book exceeded our expectations. The plot is simply perfect – it tells a heartfelt story that’s centered around the concept of family. It follows the lives of two mixed girls – both of whom have chosen two very different paths in life. One twin accepted her diversity and chose to embrace her skin color, while the other twin became ashamed of her background and chose to start a new life by assimilating into “white” society.
This story expands over decades of time, so readers get to experience the struggles of this family throughout three generations. We love how this novel switches between timelines and alternates between the POVs of different family members. It may seem confusing at first, but as you continue reading, we guarantee that you will not be able to put this book down. The author did an amazing job of incorporating a variety of important topics that are extremely prevalent in today’s society.
We definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to get out of a “reading slump” – it has a little bit of everything (romance, drama, real world struggles, etc.)!
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett