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Crystal by Walter Dean Myers
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Jan 05, 2012

really liked it
Read in December, 2011

This review is in reference to “Crystal”, a book written by Walter Dean Myers in 1987. The general subject matter is about a young lady starting her modeling career. Crystal Brown is a gorgeous sixteen year old high school student that is starting a new journey. She begins by taking photos and then starts going to parties and on dates so that she can get exposed. Crystal’s parents support her all the way, even though her dad doesn’t know everything that goes on. Her mom is more involved because she says that her dad doesn’t need to know everything. As Crystal gets more involved in this industry she begins to treat her best friend Pat in a rude kind of way, even though she doesn’t mean to at times. Eventually, things become more about crystal’s body and she has to decide whether or not she is comfortable with the things that are going on. The author’s purpose is to let you know that you can’t let a career, or anything for that matter, change who you are and make you lose the self-respect that you should have. At some point you have to come back to your senses and gain control of yourself again. Myers mainly writes from Crystal’s point of view, using dialogue with others and a lot of thoughts and feelings that she is dealing with within herself. “Crystal” made me realize that you shouldn’t do things that don’t sit well with you because you won’t be comfortable doing them anyway. I think “Crystal” reached the goal of letting young ladies know that you can’t let people take advantage of you. You have to keep your composure and go with what sits well with you. I recommend this book to young females that may be in the same boat as Crystal because “Crystal” illustrates the possible situations you could be in and the correct or wrong ways to handle those situations. “Crystal” demonstrates how you have to make your own decisions in life by actually keeping yourself in mind.

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