Today I'm doing something different. I'm posting an unsolicited book review. I wasn't asked to do the review; I wasn't given a free book. I bought the book on Amazon.com and loved it.
Black Boy White School is the first published book by a new writer, Brian E. Walker. It's about a black boy from a really tough neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio who receives a scholarship to an elite private school in Maine.
Anthony, the main character is living in an area where drive-by shootings and drug-dealing are everyday occurrences. He finds himself torn between leaving his friends and grabbing this opportunity to escape the dangers of his home town.
His mother wants desperately for her son to be safe and to have a chance to make something of himself at this school in Maine. She warns him not to take a 'ghetto attitude' with him and blow this chance at his future.
You have to love the mother for wanting the best for her child; his brothers forbeing grudgingly proud of him; and his friends for hoping he does well, even though they have no such hope for themselves.
"Ant" as his family and friends call him, finds himself one of a handful of black students in a sea of rich white kids--kids who have no clue what he has left behind.
The writing is raw and emotional. I was drawn in from the first chapter, and moved to tears at the end. Not because the ending is sad, but because I'm sure this book is somewhat autobiographical, and I have never experienced prejudice such as Ant encounters.
I recommend this read to everyone; it will pull at your heartstrings. It may make you cringe a little. I guarantee you cannot read this book without feeling joy and pain. It's a powerful first novel by Mr. Walker, and a must read for all.
Black Boy White School is available in hardcover and on Kindle. Click here to see more.