I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This

I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This

Book - 1994
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Marie, the only black girl in the eighth grade willing to befriend her white classmate Lena, discovers that Lena's father is doing horrible things to her in private.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte, c1994
ISBN: 9780385320313
Branch Call Number: J WO
Characteristics: 115 p. ; 22 cm


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JCLBeckyC Jul 21, 2015

This is a beautifully written book about ugly subjects: sexual abuse, racism, classism, abandonment. Marie is a black girl from a well educated, affluent family. Lena is a white girl from a poor family that just moved to the trashy side of town. Both girls bond over their shared motherlessness, their ability to see the good in bad situations, and their feisty, fierce loyalty and concern for each other. In another writer's hands, the characters could have easily become caricatures, stereotypes in a "social issues" young adult novel, but Woodson treats them with the dignity and respect they deserve, fleshing them out into fully realized individuals who will stick with me for a long time.

Sabruna Jun 02, 2014

I generally like this book. It isn't a bad book but it isn't an amazing book, but it is a good book


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Sabruna Jun 02, 2014

Sabruna thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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