Published: June 25, 2012
Words: 70,075 (approximate)
With all the rhythm, poetry, and pain of a Black girl's childhood in South Central LA, Jalondra Davis tells the story of Tanis Sutton, who dreams of having happy parents, straight hair, and an ice-cream colored house on the west side of town. In this coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the LA 92 riots, Tanis struggles with first boyfriends, schoolyard cliques, and family secrets.
With all the rhythm, poetry, and pain of a Black girl's childhood in South Central LA, Inglewood native and USC graduate Jalondra A. Davis tells the story of Tanis Sutton, who dreams of having happy parents, straight hair, and an ice-cream colored house on the west side of town. In this coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the LA 92 riots, Tanis struggles with playground romance and schoolyard cliques in the midst of her family's bitter betrayals. Teens and adults should enjoy this novel, which critics have described this novel as a "haunting" "stunning" and "masterful" portrayal of inner-city adolescence and family life. Contains some language not appropriate for children under 13.
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, age 13 to adult
, drama family issues
, urban literary
, los angeles riots
, rodney king riots
, black american girls
, black coming of age
, black adolescence
, 92 riots
, south central los angeles coming of age drama
, inner city family drama
, inner city coming of age
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on May 02, 2013 :
Love the book. Awesome, easy read. Definitely vivid and imaginative. Author did a great job of captivating Los Angeles during the 90's and the pop Warner system that exist in our culture today.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)