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Running head: ANOTHER BROOKLYN” BOOK REVIEW1Analysis of Another BrooklynStudent’s NameInstitutional Affiliation
“ANOTHER BROOKLYN” BOOK REVIEW2“Another Brooklyn” Book Review.Girl child has a lot going through her life as she grows up into a woman. Her transition toadulthood brings massive changes to her well-being and society as a whole. August, who is the main character in the book, takes us through the changes and the challenges in her life as she transitions into adulthood. The story begins with August’s encounter with her childhood best friend Sylvia, in Brooklyn in the year 1970s, where she reflects on the childhood memories. Theevents give us an insight into the beginning of life as a child full of grief after the death of her mother. As August takes us through her growth into adulthood, the emphasis is put on the nonlinear character between pain and memory. She and her little brother move with their father to Brooklyn, who gives them a fair “prison,” that shaped her destiny towards her newly found friends Sylvia, and later her first boyfriend, Jerome (Woodson, 2017). In their transition, August reveals some of the essential valuable lessons like the way culture has impacted her life and the circumstances that lead to the events. In this work, we will analyze the effects of the society in the lives of young August and her younger brother as well as the girls and their transition into adults.To begin with, according to Woodson, the girl child was socially constructed in different ways. The first way in which the society creates them is when August was “imprisoned,” in her own home. According to the community, represented by their father, a city is a dangerous place for the children and more especially girls (Woodson, 2017). Girls are the most endangered people and the older teens for they are “hunted” by the sexual predators looming around the streets. More so, the children’s freedom increased as their father loosens his stand to allow them to go out often. The girls are at risk of getting impregnated and lose their careers and dreams. In addition to that, August and her brother do not understand the kind of poverty they are in until
“ANOTHER BROOKLYN” BOOK REVIEW3they meet up with her best friends to be, Sylvia, Gigi, and Angela. August recounts the reflection of the summer’s memories and consideration of their family time together that she was made to understand how poor they were. According to her, she didn’t think they were not wealthy. Besides, as the girls transitioned into women, the culture demanded them to have male friends to fulfill their sexual desires. It is seen in her 15th birthday that she gets a boyfriend, Jerome. The