The conflicts between parents and teens are particularly well explored in My Life as a Rhombus, as well as the complexity of friendships. Anger, hurt, disappointment, tenderness, longing, forgiveness, compassion and maturity are all dealt with in insightful ways. I was able to relate to the young women in this book on many levels and I really appreciated the sensitive way they were presented. I did think, after having finished the book, that on some levels it was too simplistic. There is no way to adequately cover the vast range of emotion and confusion for a young woman in such a difficult decision making situation, but I think Johnson does a pretty good job. I would recommend this book to all sorts of teens and to adults that care about them.
- Johnson writes about his role as YA author at Crowe's Nest
- Becky's Book Review
- Varian Johnson's web site with sample chapter, discussion guide, and his thoughts on the book
- #25 in the Writer's of Color 50 Book Challenge blog reviews
- Crazy Quilts review
- Varian featured at SORMAG online magazine for multicultural literature
- Varian Johnson is co-founder of The Brown Bookshelf, now in the midst of 28 Days Later author features for Black History Month