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I’m gonna be honest, I tapped “borrow” with a quickness on my library app when I saw an audiobook with a young Black woman on the cover.
And she had long braids! And something about it felt different! And I was right, but in the best way.
Lemme count the ways for you, because once I’m through? You’ll be on the hunt for Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now so you can read it during a lazy summer day.
Wait Wait… What Is This Book Even About?
You’re right, I’m jumping into all the small nuances that make this book different, exciting, and epic (!!!)… but I haven’t told you what it’s about!
Lemme give ya the summary from Amazon so I won’t spoil anything for ya:
“I’ve got seven days to come clean to my new dad. Seven days to tell the truth…”
For sixteen-year-old Tiffany Sly, life hasn’t been safe or normal for a while. Losing her mom to cancer has her a little bit traumatized and now she has to leave her hometown of Chicago to live with the biological dad she’s never known.
Anthony Stone is a rich man with four other daughters—and rules for every second of the day. Tiffany tries to make the best of things, but she doesn’t fit into her new luxurious, but super-strict, home—or get along with her standoffish sister London. The only thing that makes her new life even remotely bearable is the strange boy across the street. Marcus McKinney has had his own experiences with death, and the unexpected friendship that blossoms between them is the only thing that makes her feel grounded.
But Tiffany has a secret. Another man claims he’s Tiffany’s real dad—and she has only seven days before he shows up to demand a paternity test and the truth comes out. With her life about to fall apart all over again, Tiffany finds herself discovering unexpected truths about her father, her mother and herself, and realizing that maybe family is in the bonds you make—and that life means sometimes taking risks.
Now we can talk about the rest of what makes this book the book you’ll wanna read next this summer!
1. It’s Written By The Voice Actor Of Kit From Craig Of The Creek!
Like I said earlier, I borrowed the audiobook version of Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now, so while I was listening… one of the character’s voices sounded like Kit from Craig of the Creek! And we LOVE Craig of the Creek over here. Like… A lot! So if you decide to listen to the book, you’ll get to squeal every time you hear Dana L. Davis’ voice play a character that sounds a lot like sassy and lovable entrepreneur, Kit. 😉
2. Dana L. Davis Is A First-Time Black Author Who Advocates For Diversity
When I was looking for images for this article, I came across Davis’ book trailer on her YouTube channel, The Anti Stereotype.
And not only is the trailer for the book epic (!!!), but Davis’ whole channel is!
Listen, if you’re an aspiring author or die-hard writer you need to check out her channel (especially if you’re wanting to add diversity!). If you’re just human? You still need to watch cause she’s so cute and so is her daughter and AHHH!!
She’s all about abandoning outdated stereotypes, which is a HUGE theme in this book. Shows up a lot.
Did I mention that you need to read this book? Cause you need to.
3. The Protagonist, Tiffany, Is An Alternative Black Chick
To continue on the theme of breaking stereotypes, Tiffany is Black, a guitarist, and loves all things Rock ‘N Roll!
I thought it was really neat to see a Black woman who was casually into alternative things cause it’s not as uncommon as people may think!
Alternative interests were laced all throughout the book, and you’ll really appreciate the layers People of Color take in this book.
4. Tiffany Is Also Suffering Through Some Mental Illnesses
I won’t give too much away, but just know Tiffany is going through it anyway because of the cards life’s handed her. And she also has to deal with OCD and bad anxiety throughout the book as well. An open conversation about a young Black woman journeying through life with her mental illnesses is SO refreshing to me.
It’s unfortunate how taboo mental illnesses are in the Black community, but this book is a great example of its visibility and gives People of Color period something to relate to.
5. There’s Also A Black Boy, And His Perspective On Religion Is Not What You’d Expect
Gone are the days where you may automatically assume a Black novel’s religion is automatically Christian-based.
Marcus McKinney gently comes at Tiffany’s (and your) life with philosophical reasoning, and gets into deep waters with his viewpoints toward the end of the book.
It’s pretty interesting, and different when it comes to novels based around Blackness.
6. There Are No Romantic Subplots!
There are no romantic subplots!
THERE ARE NO ROMANTIC SUBPLOTS!
‘Nuff said. 🙂
7. Believe It Or Not, There’s Even More Reasons To Read
Look I’m not gonna give the whole book away! Like I said before, this book is laced with broken stereotypes, and I feel like every Quirky Person of Color will really appreciate that.
That’s why I want you to read it so you can pick up on all the other “unconventional” additions to the book.
And not only that, you need to read so you can get into the super interesting and complex storyline! Point blank period!
Oh and uh… According to Davis’ Twitter handle, she’s already editing her second book! #Superwoman