Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
Out of Darkness is woven together from tragedy, heartbreak, hard times, and resilience. Naomi’s life is complicated. Her mother is dead. She is living with her white step-father in a racist town where her Mexicanidad makes her a target for her white school mates. Naomi runs the household and takes care of her twin younger siblings, and she has met a special young man, Wash. But everywhere she goes there is danger. Her beauty gets her unwanted attention from the boys. Her color gets her banned from stores where she is supposed to shop. Her step-father starts to see her as a woman and not a girl. Meanwhile, Wash and Naomi are falling deeper and deeper in love. The number of secrets keep piling up and tangling the web of lives. When tragedy strikes at the school, everyone is looking for an easy scapegoat in their darker skinned neighbors. Not everyone is going to survive living in this Texas mining town.
Review by Sarah Rosenkrantz