February 21, 2011

Black Coffee: No Sugar, No Cream

Coffee Will Make You Black is a classic coming-of-age story of Jean "Stevie" Stevenson, a black girl in 1960s Chicago. Her mother is a bank teller and is always correcting someone's grammar. Her father is a hospital janitor. Sixth-grader Stevie is determine to be cool and popular, like Carla, instead of the L7 (square) her mother's rules shape her to be. Stevie is curious to find out how a period feels, what sex is, and what it means when your love comes down. Eventually, she realizes being cool isn't all that. This was actually my second time reading this book and it was just as good. It's especially good for teens and young girls. Black is beautiful, no matter how light or dark. Stevie is a character relatable memorable character for all races and ages.

Title: Coffee Will Make You Black
Author: April Sinclair
Published: February 1995
Pages: 239
Edition: Paperback
Rating: ♥♥♥♡

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