Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Book Review

Title: One Mississippi
By: Mark Childress
Pages: 400

Book Description: This exuberantly acclaimed novel by the author of the bestselling Crazy in Alabama tells an uproarious and moving story about family, best friends, first love, and surviving the scariest years of your life.

You need only one best friend, Daniel Musgrove figures, to make it through high school alive. After his family moves to Mississippi just before his junior year, Daniel finds fellow outsider Tim Cousins. The two become inseparable, sharing a fascination with ridicule, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, and Arnita Beecham, the most bewitching girl at Minor High. But soon things go terribly wrong. The friends commit a small crime that grows larger and larger, and threatens to engulf the whole town. Arnita, the first black prom queen in the history of the school, is injured and wakes up a different person. And Daniel, Tim, and their families are swept up in a shocking chain of events.

"Wise, riveting, hilarious, painful, gentle, and ferocious, One Mississippi is a wonderful read." -Anne Lamott

"A Tilt-a-Whirl that flings the reader from comedy to calamity. . . . Childress is a fabulist in the manner of John Irving." -Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"By turns rollicking and troubling, as provocative as it is droll, One Mississippi is about as easy to resist as a riptide. This critic's advice is to go with its powerful flow." -RaleighNews & Observer

What I thought: I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to get through, but only because of it size. The content kept me reading. It was a great story set in the early 70's about teenagers dealing with race, sexuality, love, revenge, peers, family, best friends, keeping secrets, telling lies, learning the truth, learning to tell the truth and everything else that comes along with being a teenager.

I laughed, I gasped and I squealed with frustration while reading this book (seriously if someone were to catch me on camera while reading, I would be absolutely mortified!), but most of all I cried. That is my way of measuring the worth of a movie - if it makes me cry - if it can evoke that kind of emotion... it must be good... and well I think that rating system goes for books too. I didn't just get teary, I sobbed!

I give this book 5 out of 5

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