Sweet Thang

Sweet Thang

Sweet Thang Growing up in Philadelphia in year old Charmaine Upshaw is obsessed with justice Unfortunately she gets none of it in her life not from her parents who make her share a room with her tap da

  • Title: Sweet Thang
  • Author: Allison Whittenberg
  • ISBN: 9780440420866
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • Growing up in Philadelphia in 1975, 14 year old Charmaine Upshaw is obsessed with justice Unfortunately, she gets none of it in her life not from her parents, who make her share a room with her tap dancing brother Leo not at school, where light skinned, Barbie doll haired Dinah Coverdale steals all the boys attention and makes sure dark skinned Charmaine knows it andGrowing up in Philadelphia in 1975, 14 year old Charmaine Upshaw is obsessed with justice Unfortunately, she gets none of it in her life not from her parents, who make her share a room with her tap dancing brother Leo not at school, where light skinned, Barbie doll haired Dinah Coverdale steals all the boys attention and makes sure dark skinned Charmaine knows it and certainly not from Tracy John, her six year old cousin who s taken over the family When Charmaine is charged with babysitting her spoiled cousin after school, that s the last straw something s gotta give And when Charmaine cracks, she starts to see the world in a whole new light Can Charmaine learn to love herself, her mahogany skin, and her attention starved little cousin Sometimes when everything falls apart, putting it back together can help you see the truth.From the Hardcover edition.

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    Charmaine lives with her family in 1970s Philadelphia. After her Aunt Karyn was killed by an abusive boyfriend, Charmaine's family took in her son, Tracy John. Now 6 years old, Tracy John is driving Charmaine crazy. All she wants is her own room, to someday be beautiful and for "African Greek god" Demetrius to pay attention to her. It takes the realization that Tracy John still misses his mother for Charmaine to see that family is the most important thing.

    This book is a coming to age story of a young girl who is fifteen years old in the 70's who is dealing with the everyday life as being a teenager whether it's learning about loving herself , and how to be selfless. She goes through many heartbreaks from her cousin that is now being treated like the most important thing in her parents life and not her and from a boy that she's loved ever since elementary school who she would just do about anything for him and that means getting expelled for cheat [...]

    I totally ended up loving this! I admit that the book had kind of a slow start and it took me a while to feel invested in the characters but once I got into it, I could totally see the parallels to The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963. This book is set in 1975 and the protagonist is 14-year-old Charmaine. She lives with her mom, dad, brother, and 7-year-old cousin Tracy John (a boy). The story starts off with Tracy John being a huge pain in Charmaine's butt. She has to babysit him and she thinks th [...]

    In her young adult novel, Whittenberg views sometimes tragic events through a lens of humor. Additionally, she accurately displays the dynamics between siblings, as she does with Charmaine and her cousin Tracey John while doing the same for the middle school experience.Furthermore, the author did not base the book on her own life -- and she's adamant about this ;-)

    Another book that didn't get the voice quite right--too stiff for a 9th grader, in the 70's or now. A nice little story though. I'm going to try her new book,life is fine, because it got a good review from one of our teens.

    This book was heart filling. It makes you want to change your ways and treat people better even if you don't really like them.

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