The book I am going to review today is:
The Bluest Eye
This was under the category: an Author the same age as you. (disclaimer - I had a hard time finding this, to be truthful. Toni Morrison was 40 when she wrote this book, so I went with it)
This is the story of an African American girl named Pecola who just wanted to have blue eyes like the other little girls she sees. She is a very poor girl in the 1940s with a family whose father drinks too much, and her mother is too quick to beat her over the smallest things. The story tells of the life she has been dealt.
I liked this book okay. It was a little hard to read. The story was haunting, and sad, of course. Each chapter was about a different person in the story - giving you background of how they came to be the person they were. These were poor children in a poor neighborhood and their lives were hard. There is a house that is burned down. There is an unexpected pregnancy. And all Pecola wants is blonde hair and blue eyes.
I don't really recommend it. I mean - it is fine. It was only 200 pages, so it only took me a few days to read it. But I really had to make myself read it. I think this was her first book, so to be fair, that might be part of the problem.
Stars: 2 1/2