A good time, despite the subject matter. Amber and Lacey make hearing stories about racism simultaneously entertaining and infuriating. Laughing while angry!
The best example of what this book does is probably the story that they open it with, for good reason. It involves Lacey being at a store and paying with a check (back when people did that). The cashier was a white teenager. Lacey had checks with famous and historically notable Black people on them. When she pulled out her checkbook the check on top was of Harriet Tubman. The white teenager then proceeded to gush something along the lines of, ‘Oh, that’s so neat that you have checks with your picture on them!” That’s the kind of story you can mostly expect in this book. Funny, a little unbelievable, yet sadly very believable.
(Sorry for the spoilers. They tell it better than I do, anyway, so you’re not really missing anything.)
It’s really sort of a masterpiece of tone. They start you off easy with little gems like the one above and gradually work you up to some genuinely infuriating content. But the laughs are always genuine, and it was just a pleasure to hear the sisters interacting with each other and telling each others’ stories (mostly it’s Amber telling stories about Lacey, because that’s the dynamic here: crazy racist things happen to Lacey, Amber mines comedy from them).
If you at all like audiobooks, get the audio. They are so funny together. I did miss out on seeing the few pictures, but they do a good job describing the pictures in a way that might be even funnier than actually seeing them.