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4.0 out of 5 stars NOTEBOOKS: A RELEVANT, DISCRIMATING YA NOVEL, April 28, 2000
This review is from: From The Notebooks Of Melanin Sun (Mass Market Paperback)
Melanin Sun--a sensitive, thirteen-year-old African American living in Brooklyn, New York--finds himself struggling one summer with the conflicting emotions caused by his mother's revelation that she is a lesbian. In anger, Melanin withdraws from his mother and turns to his notebooks for comfort, journaling about the insecurities, doubts, and confusion generated by his mother's disclosure. Melanin's journal entries reveal a young man endeavoring to come to terms with his own adolescence, fears of peer rejection, and the pain caused by his self-imposed isolation. Through his writing, Melanin experiences profound and positive personal growth. As summer wanes, he is drawn inexorably toward acceptance of his mother's homosexuality. In NOTEBOOKS, Woodson treats a highly emotional issue with acute sensitivity. She provides readers with a painfully realistic view of the complex emotional crisis experienced by an adolescent plunged into turmoil by his mother's homosexuality. Despite the fact that Woodson's characterizations succumb to stereotypes at times, and her plot appears to capitulate to the need for an affirmative resolution, NOTEBOOKS delivers an intelligent and discriminating treatment of the controversial topic of homosexuality. The novel, moreover, proves a welcome addition to the body of adolescent novels treating relevant social issues and concerns. NOTEBOOKS will appeal particularly to adolescents in grades seven through twelve who possess a special interest in the topic of homosexuality. Woodson's sensitive and age-appropriate treatment of the issue, however, makes it accessible reading for all individuals in this age group. Highly recommended for adolescents struggling with conflicting emotions related to parental homosexuality.
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