Review: my name is tookie

my name is tookie my name is tookie by Chariss K. Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the start Tookie has had a rough life, with a mother who looks at her as a welfare check and a father not in the picture. Lucky for Tookie she at least has her Grandmother, who loves her and raises her as her own until the day Tookie’s mother moves them away. After that Tookie is faced with one horror after another. Years and multiple abuses later, she is reunited with her loving Grandmother but she is no longer the same loving Tookie. Using compassion and love will her Grandmother ever be able to help Tookie move on from her horrific past?

Ms. Walker really writes a spellbinding tale with My Name is Tookie. I was mesmerized reading Tookie’s harrowing tale from young child to young adult. I would have given this five stars, but I felt like the ending was a bit of a let down. I was glad to see Tookie accept herself, but it could have went much farther than it did. This book is filled with triggers for sexual and drug abuse, among others. This is the second book of Ms. Walker’s I’ve read, and she is definetly an author to watch. Four out of five stars!

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