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Musical Youth Paperback – November 5, 2014
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I give it an A+ for (among other things) capturing in a very interesting way the tentative attraction and growing relationship of boy and girl in the teen years, as well as affirmation of how friends can help one another over some of the uncertainties and humps of those turbulent years.
The music references and the summer preparation for a major musical performance by the teens, with all the attendant near failures and individual anxieties and successes for the characters, should make it compelling reading for the target age group.
The message that youth do not have to discard the old (music), but understand, transform and utilize it to enrich their own expressions is refreshing.
The youth in the story, set in Antigua, draw on the musical influences from world cultures to make something uniquely theirs and that is what the Caribbean is (or should be) about.
The characters, both young and old are very true to life – from the main characters, teens, Zahara and Shaka and his Crew, to the grandparents and other adults in their lives.
The story is modern; the teens are technology savvy. A discussion about skin shade; what is considered beauty and attractive to the opposite sex, is central to the story. The characters are forced to face this continuing enigma in the Caribbean consciousness, head on. Some of them come to realize the uniqueness and value of individuals quite apart from skin colour.
Some very important themes are explored in this book. Get a copy. You will be entertained. Buy one for a teen in your life.
I have to admit that I was once weary of reading Caribbean fiction because they tend to get dark quickly and I don’t read book to be depressed. I am pleased to say that Joanne’s Musical Youth was refreshing and uplifting. Write on Joanne, write on.
This in no way takes away from the book but after reading the skin tone of the girl on the cover seemed off.
There is a good blend of characters throughout the book, and they complement each other well. It was also refreshing to read a story about children doing positive things.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it to fellow readers.