My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was incredible. I put off reading it for ages because everyone was talking about it and I thought ‘it can’t possibly be as good as the hype’. Turned out I was wrong about that!
Firstly, it gave me a window into a world that I knew very little about.
Secondly, it was powerful. Sharp, to the point and clear in its description.
The most moving scene for me was the one where the family sit down to watch a game on TV. The thing that hit home was how normal is all seemed. Something happens to disrupt this, but until then, they are just like any other family – winding each other up, laughing and squabbling.
I learned a lot about black history. Coincidentally, my kids have recently started watching Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which gets mentioned a lot in the book. There was a sense of fortuitous synergy there.
Overall, I loved this book. It made me feel the same way as I did when I read The Outsiders or watched Philadelphia. It made me see a world I didn’t know about and linked it to things I could understand. This is important. We view the world through out own experience. If a book can connect someone else’s world experience to ours and make us understand that basic humanity remains the same no matter where you are, then that’s a valuable gift to the world.
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