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Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones
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Jun 13, 12

bookshelves: 2012, 60s-70s-80s
Read from June 11 to 13, 2012

Coming of age story set against the backdrop of the 1979 Atlanta child murders. This book centers on three young African American children (fifth grade). The writing is pretty simplistic but the author does an excellent job showing how a child might react to big and small things, what would stick out, how current events might be interpreted. The juvenile voices/thoughts/actions are real and true. I liked the second two narrators (Rodney and Octavia) more than the first and about midway through this becomes absolutely heartbreaking. I did find it highly odd the author included a minor character with her exact same name. No doubt this book was based on her experiences but I found it odd, especially when she calls herself a “cutup” and the girl wins the top “Fall Prize.

I’m not sure where I even heard of this book or why I picked it up, it’s about ten years old. It’s a fast (and sad read). I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to foist it onto others but I was into it while it lasted.
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message 1: by Monique (new)

Monique Wow. Looks heavy, and interesting.


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