From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

by Jacqueline Woodson

Paperback, 2010





Nancy Paulsen Books (2010), Edition: Reprint, 176 pages


Almost-fourteen-year-old Melanin Sun's comfortable, quiet life is shattered when his mother reveals she has fallen in love with a woman.


Original language


Physical description

176 p.; 8.26 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member rschwed
Grade 7-11. Fourteen-year-old Melanin Sun has a lot to say?not out loud, but in notebooks he keeps. Named for his dark skin, he knows about being on the outside of things. "Difference matters," he writes early on. What follows is not the usual identity crisis, however. His mother, a law student who
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sometimes acts more like a best friend, tells him she's in love with a woman?a white one, at that. His reaction is negative, strong, and hurtful. Nonetheless, at the end, Melanin seems to have sorted out his feelings?slowly, believably?and recognized in his mother and her lover a vulnerability he feels himself for other reasons. He comes around because of who he is, not because it's the "right" thing to do. Woodson has made Melanin an affecting and memorable, even admirable, character. Once thought "slow" in school because of his reticence, he is in fact a well-read, gifted young man with a talent for writing. The author effectively alternates excerpts from his notebooks?the thoughts intended for his own eyes only?with first-person descriptions of the action. Unfortunately, neither the cover nor the title will draw kids in; the book will need introduction and perhaps booktalking.?Claudia Morrow, Berkeley Public Library, CA.
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LibraryThing member jennybeast
Great book for tweens and teens. Especially if they are coming to terms with someone close to them coming out of the closet. Tender.




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