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Minding Ben Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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In books where the progatonist is a young native American who's being exploited in a first job, a typical problem is that he/she has a love interest who wants more commitment and that they have student loans. Here, the narrator stays part time with a family, who lives in a dilapidated apartment with lead paint that may be causing the toddler's brain damage. Not to mention that she can't even get a few nights off a week to further her education. So while both these characters have valid problems, "Minding Ben" is a much darker "Nanny Diaries" or "The Devil Wears Prada." It can be hard to watch any protagonist suffer abuse and exploitation, but when the character literally doesn't have a choice in the matter, it's even more heart-wrenching.
Two random things I admired. One, even though Grace is described as incredibly attractive several times in the book, the reader isn't beat over the head with it every few pages, the way so many writers do when they've fallen for their gorgeous protagonist.Read more ›
Known as the land of opportunities, America is a place where many different people come together under common ground. Throughout history, immigrants have made their way to this country and a new way of life in an effort to live their dreams.
In Minding Ben by Victoria Brown, we follow the life of Grace Canton. She is a young woman from a very small village in Trinidad, who has chosen to immigrate in order to reach that golden ring. Leaving her home and making her way to New York is a difficult task. Her mother does not want her to leave but her father wants to live her dream. The pressure is uncomfortable, but the trip is on. She is to meet a relative when she reaches the states, one who can give her a place to live until she can find a job and set up a new home.
However not everything happens the way they are supposed to. Her relative does not show, leaving Grace on her own in a city larger than she ever imagined possible, and a place she has never been. Finding a home with Sylvia, another expatriate of Trinidad she meets, performing small chores and watching her children, for a place to stay, Grace continues to look for that job, the one that will allow her to become a citizen.
Finding what she expects is the perfect job, minding their son Ben; Grace accepts the job with a wealthy family, the Bruckner's. Maintaining her relationship with Sylvia, living at her home when not at the new live-in job, she continues to do chores and watch Sylvia's brood when she is able. Is this really her dream, her opportunity to become a citizen, and make a living wage?
Grace is a young naive woman from another country; she is open and optimistic, and easy to take advantage of.Read more ›
I did like the character Grace. I felt she had spunk and potential.
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Not an interesting book... at all!! I recommend never wasting your money on this book :)Published 17 months ago by Jen A.
This book was well written and very readable. I think it is quite suitable for yong adults. The characters were believable and interesting. The story was intriguing. Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by Estelle Mintz
If you like stories involving nannies, Brooklyn, race and class issues, women of color, West Indian immigrants in NYC, good writing, and/or three-dimensional characters you may not... Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by ellia bisker
The story is predictable at every turn and peppered with anti-Semitic stereotypes. If you are looking for a fun fast read 'Nanny Diaries' is a much better one.Published on August 18, 2013 by Tamar
Bravo to Victoria Brown for her true-to-life narrative of what many immigrant women have to endure. This is not just another story, but deftly chronicles the many little ways that... Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Kim M-M
In Minding Ben, Victoria Brown tells the story of Grace, an immigrant from Trinidad. She arrives in New York City at the age of 16 to watch her cousin's son. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by Revae
Minding Ben is a young immigrant's story of coming to America and trying to build a new life for herself. Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by Shopgurly36
The heroine of this novel is an under-age, illegal immigrant with no skills or family support. The villains are everyone else--perverts who harass her, and especially Jews who try... Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by libanda
When Grace Caton boards a plane heading to New York from Trinidad, she's only sixteen years old. Promised a home with a distant cousin in America, Grace is both excited and scared... Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by zibilee