The Problem with the Other Side

The Problem with the Other Side

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A searing YA debut that follows the joys, complexities, and heartbreaks of an interracial romance between high school sophomores that blossoms during a volatile school election

Uly would rather watch old Westerns with his new girlfriend, Sallie, than get involved in his school's politics--why focus on the "bad" and "ugly" when his days with Sallie are so good? His older sister Regina feels differently. She is fed up with the way white school-body presidential candidate Leona Walls talks about Black students. Regina decides to run against Leona . . . and convinces Uly to be her campaign manager.

Sallie has no interest in managing her sister's campaign, but how could she say no? After their parents' death, Leona is practically her only family. Even after Leona is accused of running a racist campaign that targets the school's students of color--including Sallie's boyfriend, Uly--Sallie wants to give her sister the benefit of the doubt. But how long can she ignore the ugly truth behind Leona's actions?


Together and apart, Uly and Sallie must navigate sibling loyalty and romantic love as the campaign spirals toward a devastating conclusion.

CW: Acts of racism and bigotry, racist language, and gun violence are portrayed in this novel.

Author: Kwame Ivery
Publisher: Soho Teen
Published: 09/07/2021
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.50w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781641292054
Age Range: 13-17

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2021
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 10/01/2021
School Library Journal 10/01/2021 pg. 96

About the Author
Kwame Ivery was born in Bronx, New York, and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. He received a BA in psychology from Princeton University and an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University's Tisch School of The Arts. He's had a screenplay optioned by Hollywood storyboard artist Karl Shefelman (The Silence of the Lambs, American Gangster). He's a proud high school English teacher with over a hundred teenage students who, on a daily basis, teach him just as many things as he teaches them. He loves lasagna and hates musicals; he thinks contrasts are underrated and symmetry overrated. You can visit Kwame at kwameivery.com or on Twitter @KwameIvery.