This Side of Home

This Side of Home

Book - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Twins Nikki and Maya Younger always agreed on most things, but as they head into their senior year they react differently to the gentrification of their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood and the new--white--family that moves in after their best friend and her mother are evicted.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781599906683
Branch Call Number: YA WATS
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 21 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Dec 11, 2017

I'm glad this exists. So important to have these conversations with our youth and ourselves ongoing.

Feb 12, 2016

This is a great book about love, school, race, and gentrification that takes place in North East portland. Unlike so many other YA books, there was more to the plot than a love story, which was a relief. I have only two minor complaints about it. One, that she talks about her best friend Essence for the whole book but then forgets about her for a while, which seemed odd. The other is just a little geography thing— at one point they head north on marine drive, which just isn't possible. Besides that, it was a wonderful book.

Nov 27, 2015

North Portland gets to be a character in this tale of building and fighting for your community. Maya is aware of the gentrification that is destroying her neighborhood, even as her twin sister is excited by the opportunity. Poetic prose, likeable characters, and a very tame romance between Maya and her new white neighbor make this a book that's not only enjoyable but accessible.


Good read - JH


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at PCCLD

To Top