Shine by Jodi Picoult
Ruth’s mama works for a white family. She does all the housework there, then comes home and does all the housework at home. This is how it is. Ruth somehow gets a scholarship to a nearby school, but it’s mainly white. She’s the only black girl there. The girl who lives at the house where Ruth’s mama works is friends with her outside of school, but tries not to pay attention to her at school. Ruth wonders why things are different when they’re alone.
Ruth’s mama tells her that everyone has their uniform. Ruth’s will be school clothes and a rhinestone headband.
What I liked
This story kind of reminds me of The Help in some ways. Ruth is likable.
What I didn’t like
I don’t like the idea of bullying and I don’t like the idea of people being treated differently because of the way they look. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is or isn’t, you’re still a person. I think it’s just plain silly that we’ve had so many issues with treating people differently because of the color of their skin. How about get over it? Just treat people like people. Makes sense, right? I feel bad that little girls like Ruth were ever teased and bullied at school because of the color of their skin.
What will Ruth do next?
What do you think about Ruth?
Have you experienced discrimination based on your race, no matter what it may be?