From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun Book Review Summary

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Melanin Sun is a teenager who lives with, and has always lived with, his single mother. She's a strong, caring woman and the two have a close relationship - until Melanin discovers that she's dating another woman. He's furious and disgusted and feels betrayed, especially when he discovers his mother's girlfriend is white. In extracts from his notebooks, Melanin shows how he deals with his anger, lives through friction from his friends, and adjusts to his mother's sexuality.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Inside culture (main char)    -   Black Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Mother (or standin) Kind of sex:    -   lesbians Culture clash?    -   Being oppressed by outside culture Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 If story of urban/rural...    -   Big city life Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Taboo sex story?    -   Yes Lover is    -   of a different race (interracial loving!)

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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