Reviewed By Mikala
One Crazy Summer is about a girl and her sisters who live in Brooklyn and go to see their mother, who lives in California. Delphine, who is eleven, and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, are put on an airplane to go visit their mom who left them seven years ago, when Fern was just an infant. If they were expecting a welcome, with lots of hugs and kisses, they could not be more wrong. Their mother, Cecile, showed up at the airport disguised and didnʼt talk to them at all on the way to her house. Their mom isnʼt very nice to them and asks for all the money their dad gave them. When they get to Cecileʼs home she refuses to cook for the girls and makes them go out by themselves in the dark to get food from a little Chinese restaurant. They learn their mom is a poet and campaigns for African American rights. Cecile doesnʼt want them in her home so she sends them to camp at the community center. The camp is run by the Black Panthers. The girls learn about African American leaders who are trying to change the rights of African Americans. The girls start to think for themselves about their rights, and about what they deserve. Delphine begins to understand her mom, but read this book to find out why! This story takes place in the 1960ʼs.
I think this book would appeal to people who are interested in the Civil Rights movement or people who like challenging story lines. It might also appeal to people who enjoy books with complicated characters.
I think Rita Williams-Garcia did a good job, because I could picture everything when it was happening. I could also relate to Delphine and understand how sheʼs feeling because of all the specific descriptions of Delphineʼs feelings. Sometimes I found this book a little unsettling because of how unmotherly Cecile is, but for the most part I really enjoyed this book.