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Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 12/2019
  • 9781734309973 B083D7BSD2
  • 115 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2019
  • 9781734309973 1734309970
  • 115 pages
  • $9.99
Brownsville Bred: Dreaming Out Loud
In the face of her father's addiction, an altruistic young Latina struggles to reclaim her self worth amidst her deteriorating Brooklyn projects.Brownsville Bred (adapted from her autobiographical stage play) is a young adult novel told in a series of vignettes—some funny, some heartbreaking, that together tell Elaine Del Valle’s journey growing up in the toughest project in Brownsville, the toughest neighborhood in New York. But her story refuses to be ghettoized. It bursts with the details of life and touches everyone. Prepare to be handheld through a journey that will make you feel more than inspired...It will make you feel CAPABLE!
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Idea/Concept: Del Valle's autobiographical tale, adapted from her stage play, provides a textured, vibrant reading experience. Through the author’s rich recollections, she offers both a visceral look at her own upbringing—in all its joys and hours of suffering—as well as perceptive commentary on the changes unfolding in a Brooklyn neighborhood.

Prose: The author writes with a fluid, rhythmic cadence that heightens the story’s power. The crackling language effectively mirrors young Del Valle's inner turmoil as well as her zest for life and desire to live meaningfully.

Originality: Memoirs of childhood abound, but Del Valle makes the format her own through her performative writing style and vivid scene building. The work elicits a range of emotions from receptive young readers.

Execution: Del Valle creatively and successfully weaves a poignant story of her transforming childhood home and the effects such changes have on her, her family, and the broader community.

Date Submitted: January 09, 2020

Formats
Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 12/2019
  • 9781734309973 B083D7BSD2
  • 115 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2019
  • 9781734309973 1734309970
  • 115 pages
  • $9.99

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