To purchase Jerkin’s book: https://amzn.to/2yRrYGn
Our Nashville, TN African-American book club rated Jerkin’s book 3.75 Stars on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest. The only reason it didn’t receive a higher score is because those that attended were women in our 40’s and up and we felt Morgan has a lot of living to do. Although she is a wise, unique, and brilliant young woman we want to see how her story plays out.
Note: Our book club consists of women of all ages, and I choose Jerkins book for the younger women to have a book to relate to since our last book was by Terry McMillan and was about Dr. Georgia Young, an older woman attempting to reinvent herself. Which I loved by the way and it was one my favorite books of all time!
To purchase McMillan’s book: https://amzn.to/2JE5o8n
Here are some questions to ask yourself while or after reading Jerkin’s book or at your next book club.
- Who are you? How do you imagine yourself?
- Morgan felt so “fly” in her “Jersey dress” in 6th grade, do you remember an outfit from your childhood that made you feel the same?
- Did you have a Black or White barbie doll?
- The author believes Black women are sexualized from a very young age. Do you agree? Why or why not?
- The author believes women have no ownership over how their body is viewed. Do you agree? Why or why not?
- In your family, did you discuss “fast-tailed” girls? Did it discourage you from behaving and dressing in a certain way?
- The author believes Black women are silently at war every day, can you relate?
- What is your family’s view of counseling (positive/negative)?
- Have you ever experienced being in a store where you felt free to shop without being watched?
- What did you think about the chapter on affirmations? Do you use affirmations?
- Were her standards too high when it came to dating?
- What did you think about her relationship with her family (Mom, Dad, Stepfather, etc.)?
- What is your opinion on the saying #BlackGirlMagic?
- Blackness – is it instinctual or learned?
- Do you relate to her feelings of being an outsider with other Black women?
- Did she overreact about getting into the pool?
- What would you rate the book (1-5 Stars, 5 highest) and why?
- Was the author genuine and authentic? Why or why not?
- Do you agree with her friend that denied her a contact at the New Yorker?
- Should non-Black writers tell our story as in the movie “Girlhood” that was referenced in the book? Why or why not?
- Explain why we (Black folks) just can’t be human?
- Do you want to be viewed as human vs. Black? Why or why not?
- What was your opinion on Beyoncé’s Lemonade video? Did you relate to the author’s view of the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omh_shh_hMM)?
- Do you identify with being Black or Brown, Why?
- Are women responsible for how they are perceived?
- Have you ever traveled to a place where you were able to forget about being Black?
- Why did she connect with her gay republican roommate more that anyone else in Harlem?
- What was Harlem like for the author?
- Have you ever been “complimented” as not seeming Black as the author was in Russia? How did it make you feel?
- What would you have titled this book if you were the author?