Ninja rating: 5/5 ninjas
3 words: Important, sad, funny.
Recommended for: Every Australian.
Best character and why: Maxine because she says it how it is.
Best line: “It was always the sea that brought bloodshed to our lands; the ocean on which they arrived to destroy us; the tide on which they stole us away.”
Favourite part: The stories of well-intentioned people whose ignorance hurt people.
Question: Maxine, has anything changed since The Hate Race came out?
More thoughts: This is one of the most important and powerful books I have
read in a while. It’s an influential, funny, and at times shocking memoir about growing
up black in white middle-class Australia.