I have to admit, We Need To Talk started off on the wrong foot with me. I had some issues with the way Headlee backed up her points, and I felt like I wasn’t reading much new information. I also started to worry Headlee was advocating that “can’t we put our differences aside and just try to get along” mindset that can actually be dangerous for marginalized folks.
She wasn’t, and I’m glad I pushed through the opening chapters, because my early frustrations were eventually cleared up. I ended up learning quite a bit and was left with a lot to think about.
This book reminded me a lot of my late grandmother. She loved to debate. My family moved around a lot, so I didn’t see her terribly often, but she always told me how excited she was to see me because I was the only grandchild who would humor her by debating with her. She would wholeheartedly argue points she didn’t even believe, just for the sake of a good mental workout. In the past year or so, I know I’ve ignored the lessons my grandmother’s debates taught me, especially the reasons why it’s important to truly hear other perspectives. We Need To Talk reminded me of that.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Harper Wave for the opportunity to read and review this book. Check out what other readers have to say about We Need To Talk by visiting other stops on the tour.