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Hush by Jacqueline Woodson
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Oct 24, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-realistic-fiction

The absolutely raw characters in Woodson has created in this story cannot help but provide pathways for readers to relate to them. The narrator's direct involvement of the reader, asking them to put their feet on the cold hardwood floors of their home and to smell the cedar trees around them, engages readers is strong sensory descriptions of the setting. As a reader, you cannot help but feel like you're experiencing this warm environment with your narrator. This is also why you can't help but feel heartbroken along with your narrator when this welcoming world is all taken away.
I personally connected to this book being that I have a police officer in my immediate family. I found myself questioning over and over what my life would be like if I was forced to join a witness protection program, leaving friends and family behind. There were even times that I had to put the book down after contemplating about how this family's life would transfer into my own if a similar event took place. My having to pause from my reading shows just how powerful personally connecting to a text can be.
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October 24, 2009 – Shelved
October 24, 2009 – Shelved as: contemporary-realistic-fiction

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Dawn Draper Your review made me hold my breath and really want to read this book. When you wrote about putting your feet on the cold hardwood floors and smell the ceders my mind pictured it immediately! Thanks.

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