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McDowell is a gifted writer who puts the reader right in the middle of the action with Courtney, pulling your heartstrings one minute, then terrifying you the next. It's one of those rare books that provides amazing firsthand details of a history-making tragedy and the uplifting way some people chose to respond to it. McDowell documents the difficult background Courtney comes from, making the reader admire his selfless actions all the more.
An emotional and ultimately triumphant read.
I remember well the roller coaster of emotions watching the news during and after Katrina...relieved at first that New Orleans had dodged a bullet, then shocked by the raw intensity of the flooding, and finally enraged by the seeming inability of governments to help. I never thought I'd be able to relate or truly understand how someone felt living through that.
I was wrong.
Beck McDowell reaches inside Courtney and projects through him to NOLA and the world, showing the depths of courage that many displayed during this disaster. There's no sugar-coating here: these are imperfect people in a flawed world, and their strength and perseverance are all the more remarkable for that. By the time I got in just a few chapters I was hooked! She does an outstanding job interweaving past, present, and hope for the future as she presents this remarkable young man, sharing his life, which is so completely intertwined with the life of a city, even from 3000 miles away.
This was my first kindle experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed the multitude of links provided to related stories, coverage, and commentary...you will need Flash (which I don't have on my Android phone yet, so some of the links didn't work for me).
Having experienced an abusive childhood at the hands of a mother who found herself in jail far more than she did raising her only son, Courtney Miles had to fend for himself alone most times. His grandmother was there as best as she could be, and encouraged him to stay out of trouble and in school with the help of the men in his community at the Fischer Projects, but it did not deter him from first consulting God in all of his decisions.
When Hurricane Katrina brought her fury to Louisiana, Courtney was a senior in high school with dreams of completing and going on to college and eventually the NBA to realize his dreams. Courtney wanted to take care of his family and those he loved, but it seemed whenever things were going well for a little while, something always happened to take away his happiness. However, when this young man realized that the flood waters were headed toward his home, and no one was coming to rescue them, he prayed and moved in the direction to find help to get every resident out of the Fischer Projects to safety. With the help of some friends he did just that at the risk of possibly going to jail and losing everything he had worked so hard to gain.
Although it was difficult to get his footing after the storm, it was obvious that the Lord had his hand in Courtney's life and blessed him for his faithfulness and obedience to Him and the selflessness he exhibited when he was needed most.
I enjoyed reading Last Bus Out because Author McDowell was able to tell the story from Courtney's point of view, something I that I could only imagine to be difficult since the author is not African American. This is no ordinary Hurricane Katrina story, but one shared by the author from a place that she shares with Courtney Miles. I recommend this book to everyone, but especially teens.
This book was provided to me courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.
Review by Sharel E. Gordon-Love
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