And We Still Rise leaves reader more knowledgeable on the current disparities of the US education system along with the desire to learn more about it. The author follows 12 students at Crenshaw in California as they lead a tremulous life balancing trauma, financial issues, and education. Although the book is meant to be centered around all 12 students, it fails to dedicate equal importance to each one. The author focuses too much on certain students and even teachers, while mostly forgetting about the rest. The book could have been more successful at providing readers with different perspectives by being more consistent and thorough with each student and their story.
May 27, 2022