I loved this: the cover, title & story of friends creating a fake gang to scare away gentrifiers while they work out their dramas. It's also a great whodunit. Jade satirizes landlords, Marxists who oppress the black & brown kids they say they're fighting for & people who put their dogs in strollers with perfect pitch.
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“This book is vibrant and alive. The teens and the community come alive as they rally save their neighborhood from gentrification and eviction. Rhea and her friends are so vividly drawn, one can’t help but root for the community to rise.”
— Audrey Huang, Belmont Books, Belmont, MA
About the Author
Born and raised in South LA, Jade Adia writes stories about gentrification, Black teen joy, and the sh*tshow that is capitalism. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnicity, Race & Migration, and a certificate in Human Rights. She recently survived law school, graduating with a specialization in Critical Race Studies. There Goes The Neighborhood is her debut novel. Find her online at www.jadeadia.com and on Instagram @jadeadia.
"A charming and beautiful ode to found family, nerdy Black girls, and urban communities everywhere surviving and thriving despite it all.”——Ashley Woodfolk, New York Times best-selling co-author of Blackout and Whiteout
"A transcending story of what it looks like to be uprooted and how far you'll go to stay intact. Beautifully done and laced with the constant reminder of how friends aren't only family, they're also home."——Britney S. Lewis, author of The Undead Truth of Us
"Equally strong in its magnetic messiness and potent candor, the novel plunges into discussions of youth activism, capitalism-fueled displacement, and racism’s myriad forms with fierce vision and conviction. A robust cast of characters diverse across various dimensions gives voice to contemporary perspectives on community-oriented social justice and performative wokeness . . . this one’s a much-needed read. Plain terrific."——Kirkus Reviews
"In this riveting portrait of community care, debut author Adia paints the pain, danger, and consequences of gentrification with visceral clarity, highlighting changes such as displacement and fractured families via Rhea’s biting and witty voice and her unwavering loyalty to her hometown."——Publishers Weekly
"Outstanding. This book packs such a fierce, fantastic punch in the best possible way. I devoured it and still wanted more. Alive with love and fully awake to the joy, hilarity, rage, and heartache of this broken world, There Goes the Neighborhood fires on all cylinders and takes no prisoners."——Daniel José Older, New York Times best-selling author of Shadowshaper
There Goes the Neighborhood is part coming-of-age, part thrilling mystery, with a razor-sharp wit that cuts deep. This book radiates joy while not shying away from necessary truths."——Elise Bryant, author or Happily Ever Afters and One True Loves
“There Goes the Neighborhood is the epitome of ‘for the culture.’ Adia’s debut is hilarious, heartfelt, and sometimes as bitter as it is sweet. With a trio of friends who will do anything to stay together and protect their community, you’ll discover a new found family to root for and a craving for all your favorite street food. A true love letter to the Block and its people."——Lane Clarke, author of Love Times Infinity