RAW SISTAZ - BOOK REVIEW - THE BLACK COLLEGE SABBATICAL - Fall Quarter
By: Rowena Winfrey for RAW SISTAZ Reviewers 3 1/2 Stars out of 5 Stars
Hard To Put Down
In THE BLACK COLLEGE SABBATICAL: Fall Quarter, author Tracie E. CHristian tells a story of college life at a historically black university (HBU). Four young women meet at freshman orientation and become close firends; each of whom has issues that are covered randomly throughout the book.
The characters are well-defined and manage to linger in your mind in such a way that you will feel they are your friends too. You will sympathize with Tina being a White student trying to suceed in a Black enviroment. You will cheer for Cee-Cee as she learns to overcome her various problems. You will mourn with Kyla as she struggles with two important relatinships in her life. Finally, your heart will ache for Ananda, as she struggles with being an overachiever who is not reaching what she feels is her full potential.
You will care more about each charactr with every chapter that you read, and by the ending cliffhanger, you know that you will be purchasing the next installment, because you want to know what happened to your friends. Christian leaves many problems unsolved, but she does it in such a way that it will lead the reader easily into the next book.
A guardian angel walks the reader through the book, summarizing events in previous chapters, and preparing the reader for the possibility of things to come, without giving away the plot. At the end of Fall Quarter, I still wasn't sure exactly which young woman the angel was assigned to becuase she seemed to understand each character intimately and completely.
The supporting male characters in the book are wonderful also; and three of them contribute heavily to the storyline throughout the book. Even the briefly mentioned characters, such as the parents of some of the main characters, are memorable, and leave you with a lasting impression.
Not having attended a HBU myself, I truly enjoyed this glimpse into the magical collegiate world that can only exist at an HBU!! Personal friends who did attend HBUs could relate to passages I shared with them, and commend the author on doing a great job of covering the Black College experience.
I truly look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series! This one was easy to read, and very hard to put down!!!
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Posted on January 28, 2009 at 11:21am