Save the Pearls: I lost track of chapters
There are still racefails all over the place - most notably the fact that the only prominent Black character in this part of the book is literally an animal and is frequently described as wild and animalistic. Totally not racist. The author also loves to remind the readers that Eden would be beautiful if only those Black people weren’t in/hadn’t taken charge.
Instead of writing more, I’m going to use this post to showcase excerpts from the book and reactions to them (in the form of gifs, of course).
Inside, Eden was never a Pearl. Sometimes at twilight, before she opened her eyes, before the damning critic in her head reminded her how ugly she was, she felt normal. Then she felt like the Real Eden. But how would Bramford feel when he looked in a mirror or when he saw the damming [sic] looks in others’ eyes? Maybe now he would know how it felt to be judged by your appearance.
His hand snaked forward and tore out her Life-Band earring. Eden screamed as her hand flew to the spot. How dare he? She felt more violated than if she’d been raped.
My friend Rachel has more patience and dedication than I will ever have. She is taking the time and energy (and anger) to read and blog about Save the Pearls. You can read all of her posts here.
Rachel is not only one of the most thoughtful people I know when it comes to issues of privilege and marginalization, she is also super hilarious so you all need to follow her ASAP.