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Hazel by Julie Hearn
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Oct 06, 2011

it was ok
Read from October 04 to 06, 2011

Meh. This book was one big "meh". It felt like the author had read a bunch of other books about suffragettes, London, and sugar cane slavery....and wrote her own book without doing any further research. None of the pieces to this book felt real and fleshed out. The first half of the book was largely about Hazel being fascinated by the suffragettes in London after seeing one get trampled by a horse....but that whole story line gets dumped when she is sent to live with her grandparents on their Caribbean sugar plantation. What follows is a cliche filled, half attempt to make a statement about slavery or something. It was like the author couldn't decide what this book was going to be about. Coming of age? Womens' rights? Family secrets? Racial inequality?

The author might have had better luck with the exploration of racial issues if her black characters hadn't been so 2-D and stereotypical. In once scene, Hazel meets one of the black workers sitting on a porch and eating a big ol' slice o' melon. Seriously?
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