Night number two of a book review, I hope you guys are doing well! We have snow in the mountains here and I spent the day with the family playing up in the snow. My two year old absolutely loved it. I’m up late as always, sleep never comes easily for me anymore. My mind never settles down, so what better way to kill time than a book review!
Erin Gruwell is a twenty three year old high school English teacher at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. She was the teacher given the students that the other teachers didn’t want, the “bad seeds” I guess is what you could call them. The faculty and staff saw them going no where, either dead or in jail before ever walking the line on graduation day.
Erin Gruwell changed their lives drastically by doing one thing- she believed in them. This gave them hope. She done this by showing them they were not alone, they read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life. They were able to see the similarities between these books and their lives. They began keeping diaries of their own, which later on became this book.
These kids were able to come together and raise awareness against intolerance and misunderstanding. These kids graduated, they went on to college. They made something of themselves, they proved the world wrong. Some parts of the book hit home for me and brought many emotions, which automatically tells me it is a good book.
If you need to read something that gives you hope, read this. It is a reminder that we don’t have to become what the world portrays us as.