Karen Baker has had a rough life. When her mother abandoned the family, Karen was forced to raise her brothers and sisters at a very young age. Her father did nothing to help. Karen is in the midst of an identity crisis of her own. She’s trying to figure out her place in the world. Karen gets exposed to the better things in life when Alex Harper is assigned to be her Big Sister. But as Karen navigates her way to college & adulthood, will she find her way?
Parade of Shades is an interesting coming-of-age story by Jewel Hopson. Hopson shows us what happens when a child has to take on adult responsibilities. This book takes on a variety of topics such as colorism and what it means to be an African American woman. The conversations Karen had about race and equality were interesting. But they could have been shortened to include more of Karen’s every day life especially when she graduated from college and started working in the real world. With Parade of Shades, Jewel Hopson brought us a story of forgiveness, self-worth, and resilience.
Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert