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Reviewed by Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite
Imagine having to change schools in your senior year of high school and move from a large city to the middle of nowhere. That’s exactly what Kee Lawson has to do in Surviving Doodahville by Ashley Fontainne and Lillian Hansen. Even Kee’s mother is not happy with having to make the move. Adjusting to a new lifestyle is hard enough but adding family secrets and town prejudices makes the transition even harder. Kee must make friends and adapt to a whole new culture. The fact that she doesn’t see skin color as an issue makes it a little difficult to do. Her love life is full of surprises. Mix in the fact that her father learns his parents aren’t who he thought, a few murders, and a town full of racial tension. Things work out in the end, but not the way you would expect.
Surviving Doodahville by Ashley Fontainne and Lillian Hansen is full of surprises, twists, turns and none of them are predictable. This is a fun read with entertaining events that will have you laughing out loud and perhaps remembering your past. But the story’s also a bit of history about racial injustice in the 1980’s and a bit of gender bias with believable examples of unfair treatment set in the past, but still believable today. I recommend Surviving Doodahville to anyone who enjoys a laugh out loud book that can’t be put down as well as one telling the story of cultural past scars.