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The Chosen One: A First-Generation Ivy League Odyssey



by
Echo Brown

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Hachette Book Group
Imprint
Christy Ottaviano Books
ISBN
9780316310666
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Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape , Sexual Content: Contact Between Adult and Minor
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Echo Brown testifies to the disappointments and triumphs of a Black first-generation college student in this fearless exploration of the first year experience.

There are many watchers and they are always white. That’s the first thing Echo notices as she settles into Dartmouth College. Despite graduating high school in Cleveland as valedictorian, Echo immediately struggles to keep up in demanding classes. Dartmouth made many promises it couldn't keep. The campus is not a rainbow-colored utopia where education lifts every voice. Nor is it a paradise of ideas, an incubator of inclusivity, or even an exciting dating scene. But it might be a portal to different dimensions of time and space—only accessible if Echo accepts her calling as a Chosen One and takes charge of her future by healing her past. This remarkable challenge demands vulnerability, humility, and the conviction to ask for help without sacrificing self-worth.

In mesmerizing personal narrative and magical realism, Echo Brown confronts mental illness, grief, racism, love, friendship, ambition, self-worth, and belonging as they steer the fates of first-generation college students on Dartmouth’s campus. The Chosen One is an unforgettable coming-of-age story that bravely unpacks the double-edged college transition—as both catalyst for old wounds and a fresh start.

Afterword. Discussion guide questions. Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape , Sexual Content: Contact Between Adult and Minor

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2022

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

African Americans. Black people. Universities and colleges. Dartmouth College. Race relations. Coming of age. 

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