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The Davenports

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Teen girls come of age in exciting historical romance.

Black couple in foreground; three Black women in background, in bright yellow early 20th century outfits

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This romantic novel set in 1910 Chicago is exciting and subversively feminist. In The Davenports (a debut novel Krystal Marquis began during National Novel Writing Month), four young women defy the expectations placed on them based on their race, sex, and class. The novel follows the conventions of the romance genre, with a lot of heated kisses and crushes, but it never crosses the line into explicitly sexual material. The author does a wonderful job showing how the personal and political join in individual lives. Money, politics, professional choices, and social position all strongly influence the outcomes of the flirtations. An especially interesting touch: Although the suitors are major characters, the events of the story are told and interpreted entirely from the perspective of the young women.

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