One Crazy Summer

One Crazy SummerOne Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have wanted to get my hands on this book for some time. I was toying around with downloading ebooks from the public library and was excited to find this available.
This book delivered a powerful punch. It was the story of 3 young African-American girls who travel across the country to visit their runaway mother. The setting is Oakland, CA in the mid-1960’s. These girls are thrust into the center of the Black Panther movement.
I loved the voice of the narrator. She was the big sister and very serious about caring for her sisters. She has an insightful and yet “no nonsense” approach to the world around her. This is one of several books that I have read recently dealing with this time period and the Civil Rights Movement. I find I am fascinated by the connections these stories have with my personal memories of the era.
Although, I loved Delphine, the narrator, I was left saddened by her forgiveness(maybe only acceptance)of her mother. I had truly grown to dislike this mother! I had a best friend from 3rd grade until high school that lived a similar scenario as this story. Having watched her, this was a devastating way to grow up. Her mother left them when we were in 3rd grade to be an “artist” in the big city. She left 2 young girls to the lonliness and shame of a mother that doesn’t love her children enough to stay.

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