Any time I see a tale on a child dealing with being a product of an IR relationship, I feel the need to read and know. With my son being mixed, I feel I may gain some insight. This book didn't really provide that, but WOW did I experience a great deal. There was a lot of wrong in this book, but it was laced with truth and an innocent girl who longed to be touched and loved for who she was...
The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, by Heidi W. Durrow, is the story about a small bird who fell from the sky- spotted by a boy who's destiny was to protect it. Rachel, the daughter of a black, military man and a white Danish woman was the bird. This is her story. And yes, she did fall from the sky!
This book was sweet, beautiful, enraging, honest, churlish and full of curiosity. It tells how Rachel dealt with going from being Rachel to being a girl who's not white, but not enough black to be black. She was caught in-between two worlds who didn't know how to deal with her. Her Father was afraid to be involved because of the tragedy- which I won't tell, due to it being a SPOILER! and a grandmother who did her best to erase everything in her the made her 'special'. Her grandmother loved that she was special, but hated the parts that made her special (her long hair and blue eyes).
Durrow shared Rachel's story by sharing a few others as well. In her mother's words, her mother's employer & some-what friend, Rachel's father and the boy, bird watcher, "Brick" or James. What you walk away with is a superb telling of life and how no matter what background one derives, all any one person truly desires is to be loved and cared for.
The characters were carefully carved and so honest and transparent, you feel you truly know each one. You grew just as angry or disgusted by Doug's actions or Grandma's words. You loved Aunt Loretta as much as Rachel and you appreciated Doug. This book is one I'll never forget. No matter where you are from or where you've been, you will find this book to be a treasure in your collection. I'm on to the next read. Have a great day!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓 of 5 specs
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**Book is from my personal library.
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