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The Dear One by Jacqueline Woodson
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May 31, 2010

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Read in May, 2010

I think what always amazes me about Jacqueline Woodson's books is that I like them, a lot, even when it feels like nothing much is happening in them. Not in that 'no action, boring' sense, but in that the stories are very internal or very dialogue-driven. Somehow, I still want to read them and I still feel like I get pulled into their worlds.
'The Dear One' had a few clumsy spots where I think Woodson wrote too little, either in terms of description or reaction. But I really enjoyed the contrast between Feni & Rebecca, & the two worlds they represented. I liked getting a sense of the isolation of the black community in Seton & the complexity of being a black professional in that world, or being the child of black professionals. There were, maybe too often, times I wanted more or needed more as a reader, blanks I couldn't fill in or even get the proper shape of. But I didn't want to stop reading it once I started, & now that it's over, I miss it.

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