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Like Home

by Louisa Onome

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Like Home by Louisa Onome
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    Feb 2021, 416 pages

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A teenage girl finds her hometown changing, and her whole life turned upside down, in the face of a targeted act of vandalism.

Like Home is the powerful debut novel from Louisa Onomé that follows Chinelo, or Nelo as her friends call her, who is deeply passionate about the community spirit of her neighborhood. When a well-loved, family-owned business that is close to her heart is the scene of a crime, the rest of the world begins to focus in on the area, and things start to change in the place she calls home.

Like Home will resonate with many young people today thanks to its strong message on gentrification, and Onomé has struck gold with a compelling main character to boot. Nelo is a Black teenage girl living with her mother — while her father is away for work — in the neighborhood of Ginger East, where rent keeps rising and residents are struggling to make ends meet. Despite the local circumstances, she is devoted to her home and the people who make up the community, including her best ...

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