Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Chosen One: A First-Generation Ivy League Odyssey by Echo Brown. When I first found out about this book, I knew it was one I would want to read. And don’t get me started on how much I love that cover! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
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.
About The Book
Title: The Chosen One: A First-Generation Ivy League Odyssey
Author: Echo Brown
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books | Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: January 4th, 2022
Page Length: 336
Age Range: YA
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.