I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.In Full Color by Rachel Dolezal
Rachel… Rachel… Rachel…
This has to be one of the hardest reviews I had to write, because I really don’t know what to say. What I won’t do is bash Rachel Dolezal (Nkechi Amare Diallo – her new name) in this review.
Everyone is familiar with Rachel Dolezal – if you’re not then I guess you have been living under a rock. Rachel Dolezal was once the President of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington until it was revealed she lied about being African-American.
No matter what no one said about Rachel – I still wanted to read her story. I believe everyone has a right to tell their story so I wanted to read what Rachel had to say. I started this book eager to get a better understanding of Rachel’s life and what led to the events of the big exposure. But I ended this book still confused as ever.
I love reading memoirs. Whenever I read a memoir I close the book feeling like I was connected to that person for the few hours I spent reading it. When someone writes from a place of authenticity, as a reader you can empathize with their experiences – good or bad. I didn’t feel any connection to Rachel as I read this book.
My Opinion: I do feel as though Rachel has suffered a traumatic experience that has her wanting to live another “skin” instead of living in her own. I’m not sure if she wrote this book as a way of getting people to feel sorry for her – if that was the case she missed the mark.
When it boils down to it – Rachel Dolezal is White. As for the title of this book – In Full Color: Finding My Place in A Black And White World. I believe Rachel is still searching for her place in this World. I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. I will end the review here because I don’t want to sound mean-spirited.
Reviewed by: Orsayor