A compelling and timely read!
This story involves two families whose lives will intertwine in ways they would never have imagined.
“We begin our story here, in the minutes before the small event that will change everything.”
The Whitman’s have just built an upscale new house in the neighborhood of Oak Knoll.
Seventeen-year-old, Juniper Whitman seems to have it all. But appearances can be deceiving. Juniper’s mother, Julia met Brad Whitman when she was a single mother to nine-year-old, Juniper. Before Brad, life was hard and money was extremely tight. He made life much easier. At one time, Brad had been Juniper’s hero, but now everything has changed.
Juniper has secrets.
Juniper is relaxing by the pool when she first meets her new neighbor, Xavier Alston-Holt. Xavier (Zay for short) has an intense personality, but his mother taught him to use that intensity to his benefit. Xavier was set on getting into his first-choice college. His grades were excellent and his teachers and bosses loved him. His hard work paid off and he received a scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Xavier’s mother, Valerie Alston-Holt was NOT in a hurry to meet her new neighbors. She already thought Brad Whitman was a man child with money. She had cried when she watched their yard being cleared of all the beautiful trees.
When Valerie discovers something very upsetting, she makes a decision that will change all of their lives.
“A Good Neighborhood” is a truly distinctive and well-written story that asks many tough questions.
Emotionally powerful this was a very quick read at only 279 pages. However, the author fit quite a lot into those pages.
A heartbreaking, compelling, and thought-provoking story with many well-developed characters. This story deals with many important issues. Many of the conversations and situations in this novel will stay with me for a long time.
I think this book would be a great choice for book clubs and/or group reads. This is a book that you’ll want to talk about.
I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.