Wednesday, December 16, 2009

#BookReview: Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow - Dedra Johnson

Written in a voice far older than that of an 8 year old, Sandrine Miller has a lot to say. Raised by a mother that resents her, Sandrine looks forward to a summer with her grandmother, Mamalita. Instead of the summer she imagines, she's stuck with her father's less than nice new wife and her bratty daughter in Mississippi. When no one is looking, Sandrine makes her way back to her mother in New Orleans, but life there is no joy either.

The author, Dedra Johnson, covers various subjects in a little over 200 pages including: prejudice and preconceived notions within the African American community about skin tone and hair; preying on young girls by older men; women blaming young girls for being preyed upon; and Catholicism. Though there are several tough issues tackled in this book, it's still an enjoyable read.

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