The sixth book that I read this year was Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. I finished this novel quite some time ago, and I apologize for the delayed review.
To me, this novel started off really slowly. And any book that starts off slowly, I have a hard time getting into it unless something happens that really proves to me that this book is amazing. Unfortunately, I didn't feel this book did that. For some reason, and I don't say this lightly or without hesitation, I didn't really care for the book.
Although, I will give credit where it is due. The storyline was very accurate and informative about the time in American history where segregation was a big problem. The characters were believable and I could imagine them going through the time period and reacting the way they were. I could also see a lot of similarities between me and each of the characters - Even Mr. Morrison.
A bit of a downside, I was really confused when it came to the land issue. I know that sharecropping was a main source of income back then and that having your own land was very much in your favor. However, I didn't quite understand why there was so much backstory to the land. Except for possibly the ending, showing the true sacrifices made. To me, this book wasn't a happy book, but it wasn't sad enough to make for an "Oh my goodness I can't put this down" kind of book. A lot of the characters, too, although they may be round, I didn't understand why they made the choices they did and why the made the actions they did.
I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars.