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A Good Eye-Opener, But...,
This review is from: There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America (Paperback)
Okay, I'll just start by saying I appreciate what this book was trying to do--give the public a view into the inner-city, something most Americans will never see and don't have a particular desire to. However, I found that Kotlowitz couldn't decide if he was writing for the Wall Street Journal or the Bestseller Fiction List; his journalistic writing is far superior to his creative writing. It would have sufficed for him to give us the facts, but once he starts elaborating upon them with his own thoughts, feelings, and (especially) his biases, I found it very hard to trust him and then I began to question the entire book--is this how it is or is this how he wants us to see it? Kotlowitz would have been better off presenting the facts and letting the reader draw their own conclusions. As it stands, I love the characters and I think it's an important story that needed to be told, but I don't trust Kotlowitz and a lot of things he basically told me I had to believe. He should have given his readers more credit.