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The Color Purple by Alice Walker
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Jan 27, 12

Read in December, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I gave this book 5 stars for its great, engaging story and its powerful meaning. While being a great story, it is also very sad and controversial.

This book is about a girl named Celie and her life. It starts with her at age 14 where she is abused and raped by her dad and gets two kids from him, which are immediately given away. She has a younger sister named Nettie, and they have a very good relationship. Celie tries to protect Nettie as best she can from the same things their dad did to Celie. Celie then gets married off to a Mr. Albert _____. He is horrible to Celie and she lives with him for many years. He has even cut off all communication between Celie and Nettie. Mr ____'s old love, Shug Avery, stays at their house for a while. Shug and Celie become friends. Eventually Shug finds all of Nettie's letters that Mr. ___ was hiding from Celie. Now Celie is informed of many things. She leanrs that Nettie is alive and in Africa, working as a missionary and raising Celie's kids. She also finds out that Nettie and her Pa isn't actually their Pa, but their step-pa. Celie finally stands up for herself and leaves Mr. ____. She goes with Shug and moves to Memphis. Life is quite a bit better for her now. By the end of the book, Celie is reunited with Nettie and her children.

I would recommend this book to people enjoying stories that have powerful messages about controversial things, and shows what's wrong and what needs to happen to make things right. It is very sad and strong, as said earlier, so you might not want to read it if you are very sensitive about topics like, rape, incest, and abusiveness.
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