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
Great review! I've been intrigued by this book but haven't read it yet. (Don't forget to add a link to this post to the February Reviews on Diversity Rocks!)
I've heard of this book several times but didn't actually know what it was about. Thanks for the review--I'm off to put it on reserve!
I kept passing this up because of the title, but when I saw you reviewed it, I stopped. Glad I did. Thanks for the review. Will be checking this out.
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