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Hoodie Paperback – November 24, 2012
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The story was all about the angst of not only being a teenager but crossing the cultural boundaries between black and white, rich and poor. With the story so well written and depicting the cultural difficulties experienced by both groups (rich/white versus poor/black), I can't stress how the ending didn't address any of those issues. Just when the story reached the point where it could really breach those boundaries and become an eye opener, it fizzled, jumped 10 years and then just stopped. No answers were given for the final events prior to the epilogue that occurs 10 years later. How did they get there? What happened inbetween? What happened to the girls who attack Emily right at the end? What happens to their relationship? None of it is answered.
Book was still good, but don't read it if you like an ending that is complete. This just left me confused about what the purpose of the story really was.
This was a great book with bittersweet love story between a black boy and a white girl in their last year of high school. the unique subject was what lured me in and I wasn't dissapointed. the writing style was very good, the plot intersting and full of twists, hot sex scenes ^_^ and realistic characters.
However, there were two things I didn't like which prevented the book of getting 5 stars rating. One of them was the stereotypical feel of the characters. I felt like the writer wrote the characters in black and white frames of how a black guy should act and how white girl should act according to stereotypes and in my opinion ruined the enjoyment of the book for me. The other thing is the ending. I really wanted a happy ending and was dissapointed when they didn't end up together. And that was the reason I cried after I finished the book, I know that life aren't fair, but I felt like the happy ending was really needed for the feeling of completion of the book.
I really liked this book and recommended this book to anyone who want a "different" read with unique subject.
Emma has lead a protected life. Her parents have plenty of money. She has a car. She goes to school and lives in her own social circle of people who are college bound and care about school. When she is assigned to work with Anton she discovers that not everyone at her school lives in that same world. Anton lives in the projects. He too has dreams for his life. He wants to get a job, make some money and get his mom to a better place.
Their class project is to share and compare their cultures in the context of a novel they have read. Great assignment by the way. As they spend time together, their feelings grow. I don't do spoilers, but let me say...this is a sweet, slightly steamy story that will have you not wanting to turn the page cause you know..you just know......think Romeo and Juliet in the 'hood.
I bought this expecting it to be someone older trying to write as a teenager and stereotypical and I am glad to say I was wrong and instead I ended up absolutely loving it. Anton is so easy to love- I just adored his character and fell in love with him along with Emma. Their relationship had a rocky start and a ton of obstacles, but they were so in love with each other that they worked through it. I don't want to spoil the ending, but I will say that it just made me cry and cry and cry. I really wanted a 2nd book to hear more about their story and have it end another way, but then I realized that its more like real life, not everyone gets the happy ending. I read tons of books- YA, romance, suspense, etc and the characters and the plot in this story stayed with me. I read this book about a week after it was released, and months later, I still find myself thinking about the story. It is an amazing read and I would definitely recommend this book! I cannot wait to read more from this author!