5 out of 5 stars
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Truly, brilliance is color blind. This is the story of a Black woman, Soriana, and her son, Amos. As a young adult, Soriana got pregnant. Her boyfriend, Tyrone, insisted that she abort the pregnancy or be left to train the child on her own. She stood her ground and bore the child. Fortunately, as fate works, she was a mother to a brilliant and special boy. The boy, Amos, excelled, especially in academics. He was ahead of his peers, and this brought so much pride to his mother.
It is said that the bond between a mother and a child is unbreakable. In the face of problems, Soriana stood strong and was a pillar to her son. When a gang leader, Kingfish, wanted to recruit Amos to handle their fake paperwork, they knew it was time to flee their home. They flee to Berry Berry, located in New Hampshire. Are they able to permanently escape the gang leader? What does fate hold for them in this new environment?
Amos the Gifted was a fine read. The primary thing I loved about this book was the characterization. I loved the way each character was introduced to us with all their unique qualities. We could feel what each character felt, see their thoughts, and understand the reasons for their actions. We weren't given a chance to jump to conclusions about a said character. I must say the book was well-detailed, especially regarding the lives of Soriana and Amos. We were let into their struggles, dreams, and accomplishments of such dreams, and we weren't at any point left behind. The plot pattern was a chronological one. All events followed sequentially as the story progressed, leaving no one behind on why, how things happened, or what led to what.
Another aspect of the book which I appreciated was that it did not contain a lot of errors. This increased the level of satisfaction I had with the book. The book is a short read with less than 150 pages. However, the way the author was able to capture the events in the book while ensuring that the book was captivating was superb. I loved the inclusion of headings in the book. The headings helped me to have an idea of what the next events were and anticipate them. Wilbur Shapiro did a wonderful job.
The book had no negative aspects. The author's writing style was superb, and the book contained a lot of lessons about life. It was truly motivational, and I loved it. I am rating this book five out of five stars because of this. There is nothing in the book that warrants the deduction of a star.
I would love all Blacks to read this book to find their strengths and know that success is not based on color. I encourage youths to read this book in order to find the strength to make the world a better place. I also recommend this book to parents so that they learn to stand by their children despite the situation. If you are a member of a family, then you must read this book, as this book will benefit everyone.
Amos the Gifted
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