The Freedom Writers Diary (Movie Tie-in Edition)
How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them
The Freedom Writers & Erin Gruwell
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Shocked by the teenage violence she witnessed during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Erin Gruwell became a teacher at a high school rampant with hostility and racial intolerance. For many of these students–whose ranks included substance abusers, gang members, the homeless, and victims of abuse–Gruwell was the first person to treat them with dignity, to believe in their potential and help them see it themselves. Soon, their loyalty towards their teacher and burning enthusiasm to help end violence and intolerance became a force of its own. Inspired by reading The Diary of Anne Frank and meeting Zlata Filipovic (the eleven-year old girl who wrote of her life in Sarajevo during the civil war), the students began a joint diary of their inner-city upbringings. Told through anonymous entries to protect their identities and allow for complete candor, The Freedom Writers Diary is filled with astounding vignettes from 150 students who, like civil rights activist Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders, heard society tell them where to go–and refused to listen.
Proceeds from this book benefit the Freedom Writers Foundation, an organization set up to provide scholarships for underprivieged youth and to train teachers
This book is a lot better than I thought it would be. I had to read for school for a bio report and I actually wanted to read a different book but thought I should put this as my first choice becauase of my bad luck. Well I ended up getting this one anyway. I am so happy. It is amazing and so much better than I thought it would be. I did find some content a little offensive but I can understand how it was not meant to hurt. But it was good.
Better than most
Most of the books my school picks for summer reading are pretty lame, so when I saw that this was an option and read the description I was pretty excited. The first half of the book did not disappoint. Every kid had a different hardship and story that kept me interested and there was always something I, or anyone else, could relate to. However, the latter half left me unsatisfied. It was boring and basically the same thing was repeated over and over for the last 50 or so diary entries. Yes, (spoiler alert) everyone graduated and lived happily ever after. Good for them, but I don't need to hear about the same exact thing 50 times, just slightly reworded each time. But if you like a good, heartwarming story about the average high schooler packed with cheesy life lessons, go for it.
Best book ever
This is soo good the movies even better!!