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Monday, January 16, 2012

Black Boy White School

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.
EVA

12 comments:

Mardel said...

This sounds like a great book. I haven't heard of it, so I'm glad I saw your post today.

Brian Miller said...

nice..adding it to the list...sounds like a book i would love to read...

River said...

Have added it to my list.

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

Sounds great, Eva! I know the Cleveland area, so this will really interest me. Thanks!

Gail said...

Adding it to my list!

rosaria said...

Yeah, good one. I enjoy reading first novels, discovering new talent.

Sue said...

Oh, I like the sound of this one. Thanks!

=)

Alene said...

WOW this sounds amazing. I'll check it out. Stopping by from SITS. Going to be a challenging 31 days for sure. Blessings.

Gia said...

Looks like I should add it to my list!

Pat said...

I have a running list of books I want to read. True, it's over 500, AND I have over 100 books I'm carting around in my trailer, AND I frequent the library when I'm in AZ, BUT I WILL add this book to my list because it sounds GREAT!

The Frisky Virgin said...

This sounds like an outstanding book. I'm going to read this for sure. Thank you for sharing!

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: I think you'll enjoy it.