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Sweet Thang Sweet Thang

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Growing up in Philadelphia in 1975, 14-year-old Charmaine Upshaw is obsessed with justice. Unfortunately, she gets none of it in her life: not from her parents, who make her share a room with her tap-dancingbrother Leo; not at school, where light-skinned, Barbie-doll-haired Dinah Coverdale steals all the boys' attention and makes sure dark-skinned Charmaine knows it; and c ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published January 14th 2009 by Yearling Books (first published March 28th 2006)
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I totally ended up loving this! I admit that the book had kind of a slow start and it took me a while to feel invested in the characters but once I got into it, I could totally see the parallels to The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963. This book is set in 1975 and the protagonist is 14-year-old Charmaine. She lives with her mom, dad, brother, and 7-year-old cousin Tracy John (a boy). The story starts off with Tracy John being a huge pain in Charmaine's butt. She has to babysit him and she thinks th ...more
It took a little while to get into the book, but the moments that were amazing were worth it!
In her young adult novel, Whittenberg views sometimes tragic events through a lens of humor. Additionally, she accurately displays the dynamics between siblings, as she does with Charmaine and her cousin Tracey John while doing the same for the middle school experience.

Furthermore, the author did not base the book on her own life -- and she's adamant about this ;-)
Another book that didn't get the voice quite right--too stiff for a 9th grader, in the 70's or now. A nice little story though. I'm going to try her new book, life is fine, because it got a good review from one of our teens.
This book was heart filling. It makes you want to change your ways and treat people better even if you don't really like them.
 Imani ♥ ☮
Great. However, I was a little disappointed in the sequel :(
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Allison Whittenberg is the author of three young adult novels Sweet Thang, Life Is Fine and Hollywood and Maine. She lives in Philadelphia."
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