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Hardcover Coffee Will Make You Black Book

ISBN: 1562827960

ISBN13: 9781562827960

Coffee Will Make You Black

(Book #1 in the Stevie Stevenson Series)

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Chronicles the experiences of Stevie, a bookish African American girl growing up on Chicago's South Side during the 1960s

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5 ratings

Remember When???

This was an excellent book, one of my all time favorites. You know you're on my favorites list when I read it twice. This took me back to my own childhood, with so many things I could relate to, except the freaky ending when she fell in love with the white nurse. I don't go that route, but up until the end everything was alright. I loved the language used, because once again it reminded me of how we talked at school when I grew up (in the 80's and early-mid 90's) I am in college now. Sinclair hit it big with this book, I loved it.

Great coming-of-age story

I'm tempted to call this a black coming of age story, but why identify it as such when it's a great book no matter what your ethnicity? Stevie grows up among a lot of political and social change, and the generation gap between how she sees things and how her mother views the white and black line is telling. As she goes through grade school through high school she starts questioning her parents mores, and figuring out how to deal with early encounters with interracial dating.... This book is also peppered with great bits of humor, including "Growing up reminded me a little bit of Hide and Go Seek. When it was your time to grow up, Nature said "Here I come, ready or not." And nature could always find you." This book will tell (remind?) you what it's like being a tomboy..., or first learning what a virgin is. Highly recommended.

Another cup, thank you.

Another novel recommended to me by my sister, COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK was a good novel that followed Stevie's trial by life's fire and reached an ending that I didn't see coming. That made the book even better. I've already purchased AIN'T GONNA BE THE SAME FOOL TWICE and will read it at a future date. Will let you know how it turns out.

Coffee Will Make You Black Is A Great Book

In the book Coffee Will Make You Black, by April Sinclair, the lead character Jean Stevenson, Stevie to her friends, tells in a narrative perspective of her adolescent years, growing up in Chicago in the 1960's. The book is like Stevie's diary. She tells you her experiences with boys, girls, love, sex, popularity, school and racism in a comical and to-the-point fashion. The book is a quick, easy, fun read that hooks you from the start. It deals with very realistic issues that are fun and interesting to read about. The book makes you feel like you are part of Stevie's chaotic life. She gives you the opportunity to share her deepest, darkest, secrets. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the book an 8. I enjoyed reading it greatly, and finished it in one day. I liked reading it because it dealt with issues that I deal with. It tells of Stevie's hard times with boys, other girls, sex, love, popularity, which are all important to me now as a freshman in high school. It didn't take very long to get into the book because the first page is a humorous anecdote about a boy asking if 12 year old Stevie is a virgin. Stevie, confused with the meaning of virgin, goes home and asks her mamma. The whole book is little anecdotes like the one above so I liked it from the start. The book isn't very short yet the words and vocabulary are very easy and simply written so stumbling over big words is not a problem. Nothing very big happens in the book, it stays rather monotone throughout. Something I found a little hard to understand was the slang. Since Stevie is growing up in the sixties in Chicago, there are bound to be differences in slang but overall the read is easy. It may be hard for younger people to read this book because they might not get what some of the terms mean. This book reminded me of many movies about teenage-hood. Like American Pie or Election. I have never read another book by April Sinclair but I enjoyed this book and will read other works by this author. In class we have reading groups where there are four groups of five kids and each group reads a different book. To decide which book to read the teacher read the first pages of every book. I enjoyed the first page so I signed up to read this book. Since the book is written from a females perspective, I think that girls would relate and enjoy reading it more because it deals with female issues. I can imagine a guy not understanding the complete intent of the author. The book is very funny so I think that the reader should have a good sense of humor, and maybe someone that grew up in the sixties could relate to an even greater extent. " What does `coffee will make you black mean mama?' `The old folks in the South used to tell that to children so they wouldn't want to drink coffee. The last thing anybody wanted to be was black."' This quote is from page 111 in the book. I chose this quote not only because it is obviously t

Coffee Will Make You Black

In the novel, Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair, Jean Stevenson, or "Stevie" experiences the difficulties of growing up as an African-American teenager in the 1960's. Stevie is attempting to find her niche. Ever since her best friend moved away, she has been a very studious, smart girl. Now, the longing for acceptance and popularity is unbearable. At last, Stevie's attempts pay off and she befriends a popular girl named Carla. Stevie's mom dislikes Carla because she is lower class. Stevie's mom is an ambitious for Stevie, which leads to many disputes about her future and her friendship with Carla. Overtime, however, Stevie becomes very close with Carla and is unwilling to give her up. The only problem is that their friendship still isn't entirely mutual because Stevie does everything at Carla's commands. Carla's support is what keeps her sane, feeling she belongs. Later an issue comes up that tests their friendship. However, at this point Stevie has grown to know herself and have the confidence she has always needed to know that if Carla can'' stick by her no matter what the outcome, the she is not worth it. On a scale of 1to10 I would rate this book a 9. I enjoyed reading it because I am interested in the struggle that African Americans have gone through. Although, as a white, it makes me feel guilty, this book demonstrates the profound hurt inflicted by racism. On one level this book is about the affects of racism, but on another it is about the issues of teenagers. From the first line the reader is drawn into the story. "Mama, are you a virgin?" The conversations are written in dialect, which can be difficult to read and understand, but this is necessary to give flavor to the people and setting. Background knowledge of American race relations and the civil rights movement make the themes in this book more understandable. The book and movie that this novel reminds me of is The Color Purple. Their plots are very different, but they both have themes about independence, and self worth. Both males and females would enjoy this book, however especially females can relate. Books can open your horizons and make you realize the universal feelings of growing up and of living the affects of history. " 'I handed Kathy Jo the kite and asked her where she wanted me to sit. She took my present and told me to sit in the kitchen and they would call me if they needed anything.' 'No, she didn't, Grandma.' 'Yes, she did chile. I looked into Kathy Jo's eyes and they were cold as blue ice.' " I chose this quote because it shows the legacy of racism and the pain it inflicts. Sinclair writes in a very upfront and personal manner. Each word seems to come from the heart, and from experience. This novel is written with a crafty tinge that warps you into the story, not as an onlooker, but as a participant with Stevie.
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