The story of the summer that 13-year-old June "Jubie" Watts comes of age is a breathtaking glimpse into the relationship between a black maid and her white charges.Like the best-selling The Help, Mayhew breaks new ground exploring the dynamics of this relationship.
When an unspeakably tragic event occurs, Jubie is forced to follow her own heart about the issue of race and what it means to be a decent human being.Jubie's voice is so authentic that the character echoes Scout Finch, but with preteen hormones!
Her parents are not as idealized as Atticus Finch, but rather complicated and deeply flawed.Stell Ann, Jubie's older sister, seems to be a good person but is, at 16, worried about appearances.Jubie's parents are never idealized.Her alcoholic, philandering father is by no means Atticus Finch, and her mother is a deeply flawed being.Still, the novel ends with some hope for Mrs. Watts.
It's been a while since a book actually made me cry. Highly recommended for fans of Southern fiction, historical fiction, and even teens who will find a real kinship with Jubie.
Oh, and big thanks to my little sis for going through so much trouble to get me a copy of this thing!
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