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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
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Read in December, 2010

Ever gone to a movie that everyone raved about and left feeling disappointed because it didn’t meet your expectations?

That’s how I felt about this book.

I was expecting more than the book delivered. The story is about three girls who fly to California from New York to visit their mother who abandoned them when they were under five years old. Upon meeting her it is clear that she doesn’t want them even visiting. The story is told from the oldest child’s point of view, Delphine. Set in the 1960′s the girls learn about their mother’s past and spend their days at a summer camp run by the Black Panthers. Delphine watches out for her two younger sisters and sees her mother for who she is: “It didn’t seem right that they thought singing and dancing would change Cecile into someone who cried for her long-lost daughters or fried pork chops and made banana pudding. Cecile wasn’t that kind of mother, if you wanted to call her one at all.” p 132.

I thought the pacing was slow in the beginning. The ending was nice and the story picks up in the middle. The writing is well done with excellent descriptions. I wished I hadn’t read any reviews.
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