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Londa (londalocs) | 1526 comments 1. How did you experience this novel? (paper, audio, e-book)
2. Ntozake Shange has authored several books. Have you read any of the others? If not, will you? If so, how does Betsey Brown rank among those you've read?
3. Favorite/Least Favorite character(s)?
4. Favorite quote(s)?
5. Favorite/Least Favorite chapter/part/section of the book?
6. Was the ending satisfying?
7. Would you recommend this book to others?
8. Copy or link to your review if you have written one

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message 2: by Lulu, The Book Reader who could. (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lulu (lulureads365) | 2489 comments Mod
1. How did you experience this novel? (paper, audio, e-book)
**** e-book

2. Ntozake Shange has authored several books. Have you read any of the others? If not, will you? If so, how does Betsey Brown rank among those you've read?
**** I've read two other books by Shange. Betsey Brown was a fairly easy read. Shange tends to be a deep writer with lots of underlying meanings and lessons. This was pretty straight forward.

3. Favorite/Least Favorite character(s)?
**** Favorite: Carrie (I'd like to read a book about her)
**** Least: Vida/Jane - It's a tie between the too; they were too bourgie.

4. Favorite quote(s)?
**** "Y'all just suffer so from malnutrion of your manners...."

5. Favorite/Least Favorite chapter/part/section of the book?
**** I didn't really have one.

6. Was the ending satisfying?
**** Yes.

7. Would you recommend this book to others?
**** Maybe.

8. Copy or link to your review if you have written one
**** N/A.


Anastasia Kinderman | 942 comments 1 Paperback.
2 Nope, but I would open to reading her other works.
3 Regina, Greer, and Carrie were my faves. Jane was my least fave.
4 I couldn't find it again but it was the one where Betsey was wondering why they didn't bus white kids to black schools, why'd it have to be the black kids who had their world turned upside down, why was it always the blacks? I found myself wondering the same thing.
5 My least favorite part was when Jane came back, I wanted her to but she was mean to Carrie and I didn't like that. Another least favorite was Jane and Greer: I get it! You guys are in love!
6 Not really, I wanted to explore busing more deeply.
7 Yep.
8 None.


Beverly | 1078 comments 1. How did you experience this novel? (paper, audio, e-book)
This was a print read as I have had the book sitting on my shelf since first published!

2. Ntozake Shange has authored several books. Have you read any of the others? If not, will you? If so, how does Betsey Brown rank among those you've read?
Yes, I have read other books by the author. As this book was written for black adolescents the pov, the voice and themes were fitting for the age group. But the author still touched on the issues of black woman and the issues that they face during a particular time and place.

3. Favorite/Least Favorite character(s)?
I would say that Betsey was my fav character.
I did not have a least fav character.

4. Favorite quote(s)?
"Chalk never seemed so powerful as when it messed with white folks."

5. Favorite/Least Favorite chapter/part/section of the book?
I enjoyed the whole book - and liked the progression of Betsey becoming more aware of her world, her identity and her place within it.

6. Was the ending satisfying?
Yes

7. Would you recommend this book to others?
Yes, I cannot wait to give my copy to my 13/14 yr old granddaughter. I think this book should be available in school and public libraries.

8. Copy or link to your review if you have written one
I have posted my thoughts on Goodreads and LibraryThing.


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