At 16-years-old, African-American Tiffany Sly suddenly lands on a different planet: Simi Valley, California.
Compared to her hometown of Chicago, the fancy cars, mansions, beach houses, and expensive prep school are straight out of a movie. Before her mom passed away from cancer, Tiffany learned she had a father, a man called Anthony Stone, and would be going to live with him. Far from Grams and her best friend, Keelah, Tiffany is not sure she’ll be able to fit into Anthony’s picture-perfect life. His four biracial daughters, London, twins Heaven and Nevaeh, and toddler Pumpkin, and polished white wife, Margaret, make it hard to blend in. Nor does it help to know that Anthony might not be her dad after all. Unbeknownst to her new family, before Tiffany flew across the country, another man from her mother’s past, Xavior Xavion, showed up at her door, asking for a DNA test. With only a week until the results come in, she has a small window of time in which to bond with her new family before the truth is revealed. Davis’ debut novel is an honest, funny, and captivating examination of race, socio-economics, mental health, and family. Tiffany learns to makes space for her new family and a new understanding of herself.
A dynamic and honest coming-of-age novel with universal appeal that will especially speak to black girls questioning their place in the world. (Fiction. 14-adult)