One word: wow.
I was told that I wouldn’t be able to put this book down. On the contrary, I could only read a chapter at a time. It is INTENSE. It is not a light, fluffy, lay by the pool type of book. This book made me question my world and what I know. It made me realize what a privileged life I lead and made me thankful for my friends, my family, and my education. I will never take that for granted again.
I really don’t want to say too much, and I am sure most people have either seen the movie or at least know the premise. It is the story of a teenage mother from Harlem who lives a life that to most of us, is unfathomable. She is illiterate and abused. She is courageous and scared. She is young and old. She is a child and a mother. She is a heartbreaking story and an uplifting one.
Somehow a story that should not make you feel good, in the end, does. This book should be required reading for every 16 year old brat from suburbia (myself included). It is a wake up call, and a humbling one at that.