Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Book Review: After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

After Tupac and D Fosteris the story of three best girl friends, spending nearly two years together. D Foster shows up one day in Neeka and her best friend's neighborhood, looking for friends. They three become inseparable, but D leads a very different life than the other two. D, living with her foster mother, has freedoms the other two girls envy - freedom to ride the bus by herself and roam around alone. But, the two girls begin to learn more about the kind of life D has as they bond over rapper Tupac Shakur's lyrics. Then, just as suddenly as she came, D is gone.

This book was really interesting. I loved the language and the way it was written - it sounded so real. It was really intriguing to me, because all three of the girls live such different lives than I have, being a white girl from a small(er) city. It gave me a glimpse into how people who are different have to fight for a lot of the things that just come naturally to others. Also an interesting side story of Neeka's gay brother and the unjust treatment he gets for being different.

s-factor: !

A few scattered.

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: ->

Some violent things happen, but no details.

Overall rating: ***

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