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  • Great Memior

    A True Warrior Melba Pattillo Beals, acclaimed African-American author and winner of the Congressional Gold Medal, documented her experience in the integration movement in Little Rock, Arkansas. In her unforgettable memoir, Warriors Don’t Cry, she focuses on the harsh environment she and her fellow black students were forced to endure. It is a story of hardships and faith in God. Only 12-years-old at the time, a young Melba would never forget May 17, 1954. The Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, that it is unconstitutional to have separate public schools for blacks and whites. She has only dreamed of attending to the all-white, gothic, and castle-like building known as Little Rock’s Central High School. Melba is happy and even excited; she feels that maybe this is the beginning of the acceptance of her people, but she is very wrong. In fact, things only get much worse. Melba and the other eight brave volunteer students head off for Central High. When they arrive, they are surprised by the sight of an enormous crowd at the school gates. Even the Arkansas National Guardsmen are there, barricading the doors to let no one in. Yet, the nine warriors don’t give in. On several other occasions, Melba is attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, acid sprayed into her eyes, and many other threats. Still, she doesn’t let it get to her. Melba Pattillo Beals shares her story with us to open our eyes to the horrors of prejudice and discrimination. She wants people to realize that there needs to be an end to this. She wants others to sympathize and feel her pain to demonstrate why racism is wrong and unjustified. Sometimes we don’t understand the gravity of something until it happens to you. By then it’s already too late, but after reading this memoir, it dawns on us how horrible this bigotry is and that it still happens today. Overall, this message is evident throughout her book and Beals does an adequate job of portraying it. Taken as a whole, I didn’t come across many problems with this book. I feel that it does its job in a way that is both entertaining and realistic. As far as memoirs go, this was one of the higher-quality ones I have read. If you are like most readers, you are probably not going to the library to check out a memoir any time soon. Still, take it from me, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t be scared off because its technical term is a “memoir,” because I promise it has plenty of rising action and suspense. Warriors Don’t Cry is a reputable story filled with emotion that will have you fighting along side Melba Pattillo as she battles for her freedom. B-

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  • Crying is Overrated Anyways

    Out of a 5 star rating system, I give it 2.5 stars. Why, you may ask. Well, the lack of detail made it hard to become deeply engrossed in the story. It was almost TOO basic, as if the author didn’t really quite put time into it. While I’m positive the experience is very traumatizing for her, I myself did not find any true specifics times at which I truly worry for her life. In books about hardship, a feeling of suspense is necessary, and I’m afraid suspense was lacking in this book. It never truly gets to a climatic finish. Also, this memoir of her experiences at Little Rock Central High is not quite…unique. Many of the ordeals she went through must have been similar to others of the time period. It wasn’t unusual or a great survivor case. Plus, the book seemed slightly personal, and the emotion dump onto the pages was a bit overwhelming. She seems to have put all her anger and hate into a novel, which might not have been the best idea. In the book, she seems a little naïve and almost oblivious to life. Another EXTREMELY confusing part is Link’s character. She never mentioned, until the epilogue, that he liked her. That would’ve cleared up some confusion about him especially the “why are you helping her if your dad was a super-segregationist?” part. After all, isn’t it likely that Link will turn out like his father? He seems almost too much like a coincidence for my liking, a knight in shining armor. I did however enjoy the feeling of normalcy that she had, the idea that “life will go on” that is presented oh so cleverly throughout the book and her determination and perseverance that did keep me going til the end. Beals always keeps it normal, worrying about boys and friends and thinking like any other teenage girl. It creates a sense of pity almost, and you really do hope she makes it out alive. She was a miracle story, surviving an ordeal that could’ve crushed even the strongest men. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels that their life is hard, or needs something to relate to because all in all, Beals was just an ordinary teenage girl. She just wants to fit in. Wouldn’t you?

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