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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : October 14, 2009
- File Size : 851 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B002SV37MM
- Publisher : Puffin Books; 1st Edition (October 14, 2009)
- Print Length : 144 pages
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #682,315 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As a twenty-something, I actually liked this story. While it is a simple, easy read, I do feel a lot of people who truly take a chance reading can take something out of it no matter how young or old they maybe. Melanin Sun is written in a very touching and realistic that some kids his age could definitely relate to. I also like how Woodson writes a story centering around a parent's sexuality that could prove being an emotional shift between parent and child. I'd say if you're an open-minded parent(s) with kid(s) read this together as a family it's very short and a nice heartwarming read.
Melanin Sun was horrified. His mother! His very own mother was a dyke! Did this mean Melanin Sun would grow up gay? Kissing Angie from down the street gave him a rush of butterflies in his stomach, but still. What if his friends found out? He'd be the
laughingstock of his block.
Through diary exerpts and straightforward narrative, Melanin Sun bears his soul to the reader with painful clarity. Angry and confused about sex and love and racial issues, he tried to punish his mother by shutting her out of his life and refusing to even talk to Kristin. When his friends found out, one of them did indeed make fun of his mother and it became clear that they would not be friends anymore. However Melanin Sun's other friend accepted the situation, so things were not as bad as he originally thought.
Over the course of summer, Melanin Sun had to confront many issues he had about racism, sexuality, and tolerance. Shortly before school started he finally began to accept his mother's new lifestyle by accompanying her to the beach with her lover. The winner of the Coretta Scott King award, From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun is a very readable book that treats heavy issues in a gentle way.