Just read this one for the second time ever and even though I liked it, I was surprised that I wasn't more affected by it. Not sure exactly what I mean but I just felt like there wasn't much to it (that's not really it, though. It just didn't have the impact on me that I would have expected.) Mrs. Lowell was almost unbelievable she was so awful. One thing I didn't understand, though, was why the kids misbehaved for Claud. I was surprised to see them reacting this way and would have thought they would have been more "afraid" to talk to her, touch her, etc. as this is the way I have usually seen prejudiced people react. I guess, though, misbehaving was there way of showing her that they thought she was inferior. I'm also surprised that Claud had never before faced discriminiation in 13 years of life in a town where Jessi did. Maybe she just didn't notice it (wouldn't surprise me with Claudia ;D) or maybe it's because a lot of people react differently to blacks vs. asians. I was glad Jessi reacted the way she did instead of being really angry (though I probably would have been at first) and letting it ruin her life. Not that anger wouldn't have been justified but it wasn't going to do any good. Was also glad the BSC basically just accepted that the only thing they could do to "teach" Mrs. Lowell and other racists was to be good roll models. I was really glad, too, that Stacey mentioned reverse discrimination since I've been a victim of this at times and it stinks, too. I really enjoyed the subplot and thought Jackie was especially funny and cute. Loved it when he got going as MC and Claud had to cut him off. Also got a good laugh out of his "I think I was born without good judgement" line. In all, I enjoyed reading this one, though I do not like the Lowells.
Post by Kylie90210 on Sept 25, 2007 22:48:37 GMT -5
I really hate Mrs Lowell whn I read this, and those kids too (even though i know kids are only parroting what they're parents say). I HATE racism. It bugs the hell out of me. I think all racist people are ignorant. Because if they weren't, racism wouldn't exist. ITA about being glad the book was about Jessi and not Claud though... but then she faces (not racism, but a similar feelings) it again in SS 13.
I'm rereading this one right now, and I kind of wish we'd gotten some kind of insight as to why Mrs. Lowell was the way she was. I'm not sure how that could've been done, so it might've been impossible, but I would have preferred that to the black and white "she's racist because she's just a b*tch!" thing.
Archie made me laugh when he messed up the words to Tomorrow and sang "bet your bell bottoms that tomorrow there'll be sun!" Totally unrealistic that a four-year-old would know the phrase "bell bottoms," but I still plan on saying "bet your bell bottoms" instead of "you bet" from now on!
Was there a Mr. Lowell? I would be surprised if the parents were divorced after the kids' reaction to MA's dad being remarried but don't remember him ever even being mentioned. And some people are hypocrites so....
Agree about racism being learned, karenthebrat. That's also why kids tend to not be as prejudice as adults until they learn it from someone (like the Lowell kids did). I definitely saw the Lowell kids as just parrotting their mom's ideas and she was probably parrotting her own parents. Maybe were members of the country club in Secret Society....