Every Time a Rainbow Dies PDF by Rita Williams-Garcia
Living in the Brooklyn brownstone he and his older brother inherited upon their mother s death, Thulani s only interest in life is the pigeons he keeps in a dovecote up on the roof As much as possible, he ignores his brother s attempts to man him up and his pregnant sister in law s incessant nagging He has no direction, no goals, no purpose But that all changes when he witnesses a vicious rape in the alley below his rooftop By the time Thulani reaches the girl, her attackers have fled But instead of the gratitude and relief he expects from her, Thulani is cursed, shunned, and even slapped by the battered girl.
In the weeks that follow, Thulani finds himself obsessing over the girl, whose name, he learns, is Ysa He follows her during the day to see where she goes and dreams about her at night It takes weeks before he has the courage to approach her, and his reception is not a warm one But Thulani is determined and persistent, a trait that eventually wears down Ysa s defenses Now for the first time since his mother s death, Thulani has something other than his birds that he cares about, but each time happiness seems within his grasp, something happens to take it away from him Then Thulani s brother makes some decisions that will force Thulani to redirect his entire life This crisis, combined with his brother s well meaning but heartbreaking betrayals and the tenuous nature of his relationship with Ysa, teach Thulani how to love, forgive, and stand up for what he believes in.
Every Time a Rainbow Dies isn t always an easy read A violent rape scene, which is depicted in vivid detail, and some sexual imagery that can, at times, be a bit coarse, dictate caution when considering the book s appropriateness for some YA readers But although Williams Garcia offers no illusions about the harsh realities of life, she also does an amazing job of proffering hope where there seemingly is none For those who don t need their tales sugarcoated, this is a painful but rewarding read.
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