The Chosen One by Echo Brown

I always LOVE being a part of book tours, for finding titles I may not have found on my own. For 2021, I’m encouraging myself to continue diversify my shelves & really find books enjoy and want to share! Today, I am lucky to be sharing an incredible book thanks to TURN THE PAGE TOURS for this tour, and I hope you’ll jump over to check out the other posts on the schedule!

About the Book:

Book Title: The Chosen One

Author: Echo Brown

Publisher: xx

Release Date: January 4th, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

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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. 

With a voice unlike anything I had read before, Brown had such a unique perspective in her storytelling that I found myself wanting to keep reading even when I got a bit lost, just to find out where she was going. As someone who strives to find stories that are different from my own, I found so many pieces of advice and bits of wisdom that any reader could relate to and learn from.

Impactful and real, I feel like the audience for this book would be more fitting for the older YA crowd, with lots of tough topics that may be triggers for some readers.

Author Bio:

Echo Brown is a visionary storyteller from Cleveland, Ohio who strives to inspire and provoke. Her first solo show, Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters, ran for two years to sold out crowds around the world and is available to watch below.

Also an author, Echo writes mold-breaking autobiographical young adult fiction novels that are infused with magical realism. Her first book, Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard was released this year to critical acclaim. Echo is working on her second book which will be published by the Hachette Book Group.

Currently based in Cleveland, Ohio after re-locating from Paris, France, Echo is also a speechwriter and recently wrote a speech for Sunny Hostin of the View.

Echo’s books are represented by Janine Kamouh at WME. On the film and TV side, Echo is represented by Olivia Burgher and Santana Seelam also at WME.

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Check this one and all the other January 4th releases out HERE! It’s sure to be an amazing pub day, I’ve been lucky to read many of them already & WOW what a way to start the year!

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