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Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, read by Aja Naomi King, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Bahni Turpin and Heather Alicia Sims. 

A highlight for 2021 from: Guardian, Time, Independent, Evening Standard, BBC, Stylist, Irish Times, i, Harper's Bazaar, Washington Post, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly and The Sun

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and the micro-aggressions, she’s thrilled when Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events cause Nella to become Public Enemy Number One and Hazel, the Office Darling. 

Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: Leave Wagner. Now.

It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realises that there is a lot more at stake than her career. 

A whip-smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.

©2021 Zakiya Dalila Harris (P)2021 Simon & Schuster

Critic reviews

"A bitingly satirical novel about race and the workplace." (Independent)

"Zakiya Dalila Harris is set to be one of 2021's biggest breakout names. Buckle up for a highly entertaining ride that will make some waves this summer." (Stylist)

"Packed full of shrewd observations on power struggles and strength, this is unputdownable." (Cosmopolitan UK)

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Great novel, Inconsistencies with the voice over.

I haven't finished it yet but really struggling with the voiceover artists. The prologue was great, the voices after sound strange... Slightly monotone.... I may buy the book instead. A great story though. If you can get past the voices, it has the potential to be gripping.

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Black Horror - so well done!

Black horror at it's best is when it is about our existence within white supremacy. What a brilliantly told and frightening story about the existence of Black women in the system. And how we are coopted to keep the wheels turning. So well done. Loved it.

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gripping

A great story - extremely well narrated. Was hooked from start to finish and left me with lots to think about.

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Stunning debut

Definitely a novel best read or listened to cold without too much prior knowledge as it slowly unfolds its plot. The narrators did well in bringing the characters to life.



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Too long and drawn out

I struggled with this book. I didn't like the narration, it sounded drony and monotonous.
I found the main character Nella, annoying, bitter and unlikeable.
The sub plot, when it was eventually revealed, was far fetched and just plain silly.
The (weak) plot and character development had nowhere to go, there was a lot of filler and repetition, which was frustrating to listen to.
The characters were simple one dimensional stereotypes. I skipped to the last two chapters and found that I had not really missed anything, except the (predictable) ending.

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Fabulous

A definite must read. A fantastic take on work style bullying, race discrimination and relationships with women.

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The Other Black Girl Review


Things I liked:

It was a book about black girls in the workplace

There was only one OH MY GOD moment!

Things I didn’t like:

There was no storyline - 33 chapters and not much actually happened

Backstabbing black girl to show less black girl solidarity is a trope I’m not here for

Nella was very annoying cos you wouldn’t do the things she did with the notes and phone number

Malayka added nothing to the story in my opinion

Hazel is the only one that made me feel anything and that’s saying something

There’s not enough character development for me I need to feel like I can see the person they were and the person they have become.

I was bored throughout the book but thought this may as well finish it -reclaiming my time!

Slow start but it never picked up

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Not what I was expecting…

The middle to ending was just…not what I was expecting and was disappointed. Sadly this one was just not for me - just felt a bit silly.

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This Book!

This book is incredible. I was on the edge of my seat while listening. When I thought I knew what was happening - I did not!

I did find it a little hard to get into to start with but it is definitely worth pushing through that! 10/10 would recommend!

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@highlandwag

Loved this book. The series will be great!! Great for a book club! Perfect for my drive to work here in Scotland.

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Not for me

Awful book. Deceptive blurb. Wouldn’t have picked it up if the blurb had been honest about the fantasy aspect of this book. Hated the surprise.