Excellent, Young Adult, race, family, racism, teenager, high school, police, divorce, racial profiling, social media, relationship, romance, city
Walter lives in the big city with his police officer dad. He meets Naomi Mills and they quickly fall in love as teenagers do, not realizing that any repercussions might occur because of their relationship. The biggest problem is something that shouldn't ever be a problem - race. Walter is white and Naomi is black, which doesn't matter to them but does matter to both of their families, especially after Walter's dad is accused of racial profiling and starts being investigated. Walter eventually learns to stand up for himself and those he loves, make peace with people he feels have wronged him, and take a deeper look at what personal prejudices he might hold onto without even recognizing it.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Bright Lights, Dark Nights,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39
, Article 16.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss1/16