I am just going to come right out and say it… I loved this book! I was captured within the first few pages of this novel. Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League is a historical fiction set during the emergence of the civil rights movement in the South. We see the point of views of a black, laboring woman and a white, stay-at-home mom. Looking at the two, we would think that they live on completely different ends of the social spectrum with vastly different circumstances standing in their way. But what if they are more alike than everyone realizes?
This book deserves 5 stars. The writing style draws the reader in to the society between whites and blacks, and the social expectations each is expected to portray. The dialect Jonathan Odell uses makes you feel as though you are in the Delta alongside Miss Hazel and Vida. Each mother is struggling with the consequences of themselves and the men around them. It was so good that I read this book within a few days. I was drawn into the story, and the next thing I know it is 2:00 in the morning. You will enjoy this novel if you love historical fiction or the civil rights time period or even American history. Another aspect that I enjoyed is how Odell incorporates true events such as that of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and Emmett Till. I would compare this book a little bit to The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I enjoyed this book just as much, if not more than, The Help. It has a different storyline and character development, but I see the two as a recommendation to each other.
More Book Information:
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Maiden Lane Press
Published: 4 February 2015
How I read it: Goodreads Giveaway winner, ARC copy
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