on June 14, 2009
It's a Curl Thing by Jacquelin Thomas starts off as a typical teen book. Rhyann Hamilton is upset because her sister, Tameka, does her hair and messes it up. She has to go to an expensive salon to get it redone and ends up having to work in the salon to pay for the expensive hairdo. However, at this point the story becomes more than a typical teen story. While working at the salon, Rhyann meets a Jewish woman, Mrs. Goldberg, who at first she does not like. But after getting to know her and hearing her stories about the Holocaust, Rhyann learns something about someone else's history and more about African-American history than she knew. By the end of the story, Mrs. Goldberg turns out to be a huge blessing in Rhyann's life.
Another component of the story that I enjoyed was the friendships between Rhyann and her girlfriends, Divine and Mimi. It was wonderful how the girls could be so different, yet so accepting of the others. There was a very spiritual component to this story, but, Ms. Thomas did not bash the reader over the head with it. She allowed her characters to be flawed, though spiritual.
I recommend It's a Curl Thing to all teens who are interested in spiritual fiction, written in realistic terms. Also, teachers and parents would also enjoy reading a book with such a positive message in this day and age of negative ones.