It took me a little while to actually decide to read These Toxic Things for a few reasons. To be brutally honest, I haven’t read very many books written by Black authors. When I do, I end up loving them but I’m always a bit hesitant writing reviews for fear of being nonauthentic or coming across as artificial. At my age sometimes we’re still learning, you know? It’s sad that we have to learn at all but we are. With that said, I absolutely loved These Toxic Things!
Mickie is a young Black woman who creates Memory banks, holographic scrapbooks, for people. Do these even exist and if they do, I want one!! I created digital scrapbooks professionally for years for people and this is would be like the Tesla of the scrapbooking world. Anyway, she is hired to create a Memory Bank for an elderly woman who has Alzheimer’s. The woman is truly looking forward to telling her story to Mickie, they meet once and then the woman commits suicide. Mickie, however, is not convinced that it IS suicide and as she continues to work on the woman’s memories she finds that the memories are pointing her toward a very horrifying conclusion. In addition, there are things in Mickie’s personal life that are not as they seem which are becoming interwoven with her job on the Memory Bank and soon it all comes crashing down. Who survives? Who doesn’t?
Wow – there is so much going on in the book but there a few things that should be addressed. First, I seriously don’t give two shits whether Mickie, at age 24, is a millennial a Gen Zer, a Boomer or whatever other word our idiotic society has come up with to divide this society. She’s a character in a book. Get over it already. Second, Black is used with a capital “B” because that is how the publishing industry has set its standard from the Associated Press to Reuters to every worth publishing house in the US. If you don’t like, if you feel you need to give a book a one star rating based on this, then perhaps you should get help for your very overt racism. Third, there is CURSING in the fucking book. Yep, there is. That’s what grown ass adults do in the real world. If you are not adult enough to read a book with FUCK in it then might I suggest the Christian book section for you or Clifford the Big Red Dog!!!
There! I loved the book. The writing is authentic. The characters are REAL!!! The story is not predictable but you might figure out “whodunnit.” Who cares!? Go get your junior detective badge and pin it on. GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!! I’m off to read more of her books right now. I hope she curses in those as well!