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Imani All Mine

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,131 ratings  ·  104 reviews
"With authority and grace" (Essence), Imani All Mine tells the story of Tasha, a fourteen-year-old unwed mother of a baby girl. In her ghettoized world where poverty, racism, and danger are daily struggles, Tasha uses her savvy and humor to uncover the good hidden around her. The name she gives her daughter, Imani, is a sign of her determination and fundamental trust despi ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 10th 2000 by Mariner Books (first published 1999)
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Black Carrie
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-y-a-books
I read this book when I was pregnant and this book had me in tears. This book really helped me get through my own rape. Tasha was a good mother (She really reminds me of myself , just younger). My mother was just like Tasha's mother ="( re-reading this book really made me feel like Tasha all over again. I loved it so much but it had me crying so hard , I was depressed after reading this book though all I could do was ask "WHY IMANI , WHY IMANI" - I was left wondering what was going to happen nex ...more
I sit here stunned after completing this book.
Such a poetic and yet simplistic force that was far more than what the book description says.
While the title reads true, and the bulk of this story is dramatically centered around Imani, the infant of a child-mom, this story reached deep into the mind and heart of Tasha Dawson, her mother. Tasha is a fourteen year old who lives in what I consider any urban location, where drugs, violence, and harsh reality interfere with the simple acts of growing u
Sep 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-read
Imani All Mine was named as a BCALA [Black Caucus of the American Library Association] Honor Book for 1999. It is the story of a 15-yr old black female -- a bit on the heavy side -- who is raped and has a child. Tasha lives in the "ghetto", a life of poverty with the accompanying problems of drug dealing, etc. Yet, she knows her mother loves her but does not tell her mother that her daughter, Imani, is a result of rape. Tasha is a straight A student, despite the fact that she speaks entirely in ...more
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Imani all mine is a very good, emotional book. This book is about a fourteen year old girl and her struggles to raise a newborn while still maintaing school and her daily life. Imani is Tashas daughter. Tasha was raped and never told anyone because she was ashamed so she just tries to avoid what she calls the man "him". Throughout the book you see how Tasha's mother is very strong worded and doesn't show the love and affection towards Tasha. This book is definitely for someone who likes a good d ...more
Mar 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loooved this book in high school. I randomly borrowed it from the school library... I need to buy a copy of this to re-read!
Jun 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Incredibly emotional, incredibly tragic, incredibly eye-opening. But, I despised the writing. I know it was part of the book's overall literary style, but I just couldn't stand it.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Imani All Mine is a great read. It's funny, it's sad, and it captures the essence of what it means to be a Black teen. The book is written using colloquial language so it is super accessible to older students who are struggling readers.

I would not give this book to a younger audience. It is definitely meant for young adults. It contains sexual encounters and violence including drugs, gang banging, gun violence, and rape.

I am a high school teacher at a Title I school and was able to give this to
Ieshia Sharp
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
A young girl growing up in Chicago without a father, manages to do very well in school, even though she has a newborn child, Imani Dawson.Tasha is just a normal girl but all her family and friends are amazed to see her doing so well. They all think she is a teenage mother because she is just too grown and manish. Tasha never told anyone that she was pregnant because she was raped, she was afraid they would all just laugh and think she was stupid or would'nt beleive her.But Even though people mad ...more
Medeia Sharif
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tasha lives a difficult life. She’s a teenage mother, and the father of her child is someone dangerous she needs to keep as far away from as possible. Her mother has numerous faults, but is loving and supportive nevertheless. They live in a neighborhood where gunshots resound because of gang violence. Tasha keeps her head up at school, but at times classmates and teachers are not on her side. The light in her life is her daughter, Imani.

This book is high on emotion and realism. I felt all of Ta
Mar 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
hhhmmm...maybe i need to go back and read this one again. i'm really surprised it has so many good reviews. i read it probably 10 years ago, at the suggestion of someone who was impressed that i was into books (condescending) and figured it would be a good one for me to read since i would be able to identify with the main character (did i mention this person was condescending?!). i was a teen mom, tasha (the main character) is a teen mom. the similarities started and ended there. i remember read ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
My heart hurt for young Tasha. She dealt with a lot, more than a girl her age should and sadly I'm sure this was more common than not. I really liked that despite her circumstances of being a young single mother she was very smart and still had a bright future. Although she didn't know it all, had a lot of learning and growing to do, she had a good head on her shoulders and didn't seem to fall easily for what every young boy threw her way. She was selective. Even though the story ends before let ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Took a bit for me to get into it, but once I did I couldn't put it down. I loved her voice & perspective.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying that this book had me in tears. Big, watery, and unapologetic. Whew...

"Imani All Mine" is the story of 15-year-old Tasha, a teenager living with her single mother in upstate New York. At the beginning of the novel, she has already given birth to a daughter whom she names Imani, based on "some African language" that means 'faith.' Tasha loves her daughter dearly and speaks about her daughter as any new mother would, yet her worldview remains very much that of a 15-year-
Melrose Brown
Tasha is an African-American honor student. She's fourteen years old and lives with her mother in a not so good area of town. She has dreams and goals of leaving the area and going on to doing great things. One evening, at a skating rink, she meets a young man that she believes likes her. She ends up pregnant from the result of a rape and names her baby girl, Imani, which means "faith". Despite being so young and the circumstances in which she had Imani, she's by all means a devoted mother. When ...more
I stumbled upon this book accidently and let me tell you the world needs to know about this jewel. It is not a new publication, it was written back in 1998. It is brilliant!! Tasha is a 15 year old African American who has a baby at 15 (Imani). The baby was conceived as a result of a rape. The story tells of her struggles to understand what her life is now and to learn HOW to be a mother. You've heard the saying 'a child raising a child'? It's spelled out on these pages. Imani is Tasha's world. ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I'm disappointed that I did not enjoy this book as much as I hoped. This one has been on my TBR for a while. While I appreciate the author trying to write through the eyes of an urban African-American teenage mother, I thought the writing style was very hard to follow. And that may be due to cultural difference. There were some very heartbreaking moments that pulled at my heartstrings. There is a bunch of religious references throughout the book, especially at the end, which for me was not relat ...more
Heather Munao
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heartbreaking. Tasha's voice was so authentic, raw, and honest. She used some great figurative language. Her story was the cruelest kind life deals out. She tries to do everything right with the little she has in the face of poverty, bad influences, violence, drugs, a hard mother, an unsupportive teacher. There were a couple pieces that didn't fit (mom's boyfriend and the revelation at the very ending which enraged me), but overall, I don't know HOW more people were not talking about this book.
Tonia Ferguson
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A glimpse into the life of a 15 year old African American girl living life the best she knows how. I found her character strong yet naive and her story heartbreaking. I want to better appreciate the narrative of people who have grown up differently than me, and this definitely challenged my worldview.
Matt Ely
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
Perhaps the most interesting element of this YA novel is its use of dialectical language which creates an expectation of the narrator's capacity for reflection and expression that is then undermined by the narrative itself. The book has a great way of using the language of teenage life without taking anything away from its complexity or setting it in negative contrast with adult language.
Lizzie Winns
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first when I started to read this book it kind of reminded me of the book (Precious) because a few of the characteristic and family life was like precious. Except this mother was not beating on her daughter. But as far as race and being a teenage mother living in poverty this book was dead on. The ending was tragic I was an emotional rec at that part.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one that's hard to read - because of the way the characters speak and narrate (which actually helps you focus on the story even more) and because it rings true to current culture in my area. This is one that will be on your mind for a while after you finish the last page.
AshleyMarie Dail
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book that challenges you to think from a different racial perspective, especially if you are caucasian
Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Plot Summary

Tasha, a fourteen-year-old African American teenager, becomes a single mother to Imani, and must quickly learn the physical and emotional skills to be a parent to a child she didn’t want or plan. Tasha is still a child herself in many ways, hardly able to cope with school, her mother’s new boyfriend, the loss of her virginity and “that night.” Imani means faith, and Tasha sets out on a journey to find faith, in herself, in her baby, and in all that their relationship brings out in he
Sep 17, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: dont always show your weakness.
Well tasha been through alot,and seen alot out of this book. she had a baby named Imani. And she talk to drug dealers and she is just putting her life in danger, as well as her daughters life. But when everything settles down. The one that means the most to her dies.Lakendra Nichols
Imani all Mine
By: Connie Porter

The book Imani All Mines. Talks about a fifteen-year-old girl. Who is pregnant? She is trying to live her life as a normal teenager, but she can’t do everything that she wants to becau
Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Imani All Mine tells the story of a 14 year old girl who becomes pregnant after she has sex with a boy. She decides to name her daughter, Imani, which means faith in an African language. Tasha, the 14 year old girl, is forced to put up with poverty, racism, gang violence, danger, and just the struggles any kid has to put up with in school. In Tasha’s life she has many people like Peanut, the new kid at school that Tasha begins to like, Eboni, her best friend, June bug, the neighborhood drug deal ...more
Jessica Correia
Jun 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teen girls
This book is Phenomenal!! It had a real serious topic that is never really talked about cause it doesn’t really happen to often. The serious topic I’m talking about happens to be about interracial relationship. IN my book the relationship was between a white girl n her teen and a black boy named Jeremiah. It was a real interesting book a pg turner I couldn’t put this book down not even for 2 minutes. Well Miah and the girl learn to fall in love with each other from the 1st time there eyes meet ...more
Daley Linn
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Imani All mine by Conner Porter, shows the effort and struggles that fourteen year old Tasha has to go through in raising her newborn baby. Tasha is a young teenager that was raped and what resulted in the birth of her baby Imani. Imani is the one of the only things that keeps Tasha going as she lives through her poverty life. Tasha’s mother doesn’t help her in raising the baby at all. You will see how Tasha stuggles in getting her life back on track, but also witness her in her joyful ...more
Sep 12, 2016 added it
I really enjoyed this book
Gesha Corbin
Jun 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenage mothers
This book is so great. It gives you a different perspective of life, like if you are a teen mother you can know that there are other people out there and that your are not alone in this world. If you have dealt with loss especially when someone young dies you can read this book. Tasha is a 14 year old girl who got pregnant while she is in High School. She was raped but no one new that. Tasha look very grown for her age but she was a kid at heart, but not to the arrogant boys out there. Tasha the ...more
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Connie Rose Porter is an African-American author best known for her books for children and young adults. She was the third youngest of nine children of a family living in a housing project.
She has since taught English and creative writing at Milton Academy, Emerson College, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She was a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and was a regional winner