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  1. says:

    I wrote this so I m biased But I ll tell you why I love this book It tells the story of a heroine I m so proud of a sharp, honest young girl making the turbulent journey of adolescence across three continents It offers a new perspective on important issues that need fresh examination including o the superiority complex Westerners have regarding the so called Third World o the effect of single parenthood on girl children in particular o what it means to grow up American British etc when your parents are trying to raise you as a good African Jamaican Trinidadian etc It was written over 6 years of immense professional spiritual change in my life It s my first novel my baby


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    I picked this one up yesterday afternoon during my son s nap time and finished it later that night I was impressed with myself for eating it up so quickly but so impressed with the talent of this debut novelist.The story is tragic, real and compulsively readable Lila is a 14 year old girl born to a mother and father from Ghana but raised in London She never gets to know her father except over brief phone calls during holidays and her birthday Her mother is fiercely protective and angry at every normal teenage action she seems to make talking to boys, wearing tight clothes, etc Her mother s attitude towards her goes beyond normal mother daughter parenting Though the story behind her father isn t told right away, the hatred that Lila s mother has for him is quite obvious in the way she tries to shelter Lila.Then one day her mother walks in on Lila and a boy friend watching TV and it sends her into a rage Soon enough, Lila finds herself being sent to stay with her aunt in Ghana to give her mom a break.Ghana is a far cry from her life in London It is rough and dirty and not at all welcoming Her Auntie is brisk and to the point Don t ask too many questions Try to fit in Though her skin color matches the other girls at the Dadaba Girls Secondary School, the term Broni is often shouted at her, meaning White Girl or not a true Ghanaian.She is faced with a bleak, hot, cruel environment She is taught to keep her head down and make it through A water shortage, peer pressure and bullies make her life in Ghana a living hell After six months and a tough road to making a few friends, her mother pulls her back to her life in London.With a new man in her mother s life and a possible future step sister, Lila is brought back to a world she is unsure is her true home But this time she jumps in full force to hell with her mom s rules about boys She deserves some fun and soon finds it in her first boyfriend, a new job, sex and drugs.But not for long Only a short time after getting settled back in, her father sends for her to take a vacation with his new family to Disney World.At this point in the book you are really feeling for Lila Seriously, what the hell You feel the disfunction of the mother, the eagerness and lure of the father and the impatience of Lila Who s interest is this all for Lila is a fresh, witty, all too aware and real teenager Though her bad behavior makes you angry at times, you completely understand her rebellion and anger towards her parents You also get a raw description of life in Ghana and the displacement Lila feels in a culture and world she is supposed to embrace.Author Info from back of ARC Nana Ekua Brew Hammond has written for AOL, Parenting magazine, The Village Voice, Metro, and Trace Magazine Her short story Bush Girl was published in the May 2008 issue of African Writing, and her poem The Whinings of a Seven Sister Cum Laude Graduate Working Board as an Assistant, was published in 2006 s Growing Up Girl Anthology A cum laude graduate of Vassar College, she attended secondary school in Ghana.Rating 5 stars 6 starsI would recommend this for Young and Adult readers It has a universal voice that teenagers could easily identify with and a unique and bold writing style that a seasoned reader can appreciate.


  3. says:

    This book started out beautifully Teenage Lila is a native Londoner, being raised by her divorced Ghanaian immigrant mother But when Lila invites a boy over to play video games after school, her mother packs her off to Ghana for high school, saying she needs a break from Lila s troublesome ways Lila suffers not only culture shock but identity confusion as she adjusts to Ghanaian culture and school for six months before her mother whisks her back to London and then packs her off again, this time to her Ghanaian father in the U.S The best part of the book is Lila s story of her life at a Ghanaian high school It speaks to the identity confusion of immigrant children as well as the inevitable confusions of growing up But the last part of the book, when Lila goes to live with her father, is relatively undeveloped And the ending is a disappointment, tacked on wish fulfillment.


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    As a Ghanaian, I simply can t rate a book that portrays Ghana in such an unsympathetic and, in my view, unfair light The author clearly did not enjoy her teenage experience of Ghana However, there are ways to write about one s personal negative experiences that still acknowledge what is good I feel this novel does not do that, at least not in the section that I have personal experience of Unfortunately, this contemptuous portrayal of Ghana is the only view that some readers will ever get of a beautiful, albeit flawed, country It s not Utopia, certainly, but then nowhere is.


  5. says:

    It was an immensely entertaining, thought provoking story.


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    A powdered neck meant you had bathed.that your mother or father had sent a barrel or jerrican of water so you had water to bathe with and drink The girls that didn t have water started powdering their neck anyway page 244 The Powder Necklace by Nana Ekua Brew Hammond was one of those books that leaves the reader with things to ponder The story is based on the life of Lila Adjei, a young Ghanaian girl raised in London, by her divorced mother At the age of 13 or 14, Lila s mother becomes lonely She sends Lila to Ghana, to discover her roots and learn about her culture 6 months later she has a change of heart that involves a new love interest , and brings Lila home The reunion doesn t last long, and Lila is soon off to discover America There she must bond with her father and his family a father she has not seen since she was three.As Lila settles into her new life, her mother uproots her again and she is on a plane back to London.There are several things going on in Powder Necklace and I was not sure which one was supposed to stand out for me Was it the symbolism of the neck in African culture Or, as a mother, was it okay to dwell on the notion of just sending my child to another country because I was tired or lonely In Ghana, Lila s ordeal learning experience gave clear meaning to the phrase, what doesn t kill you, will only make you stronger Or, was the central theme really, everything happens for God s good reason Brew Hammond has written a wonderful coming of age story that will not diappoint readers In the end,Lila s journey comes full circle Despite her not fully understanding her experience, she recognizes that most children love their parents unconditionally, and the hurt and disappoinment easily dissolves into the next smile, the next hug, or next fleeting moment of something better coming over the horizon There are a few things that as a reader, I would have liked back story on, but not knowing did not take away from the piece in it s totality I knew from Dadaba that lonliness made you do desperate things, but when I saw Mum s flowing face, I prayed I wouldn t ever get so lonely I d send my child away or forget who I was because of it Lila Adjei Powder NecklaceMuch Love,TracyTracy L Darity is the author of He Loves Me He Loves Me Not and LoveLike Snow In Florida On A Hot Summer Day Please visit www.TracyLDarity.com for information.


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    Powder Necklace is a debut novel from Ekua Brew Hammond with a Bildungsroman ish vibe featuring Lila, a quiet and shy teen living with her divorced, immigrant mother in modern London Although she is a good student, she is somewhat of an outsider, a bit withdrawn and largely friendless Her life is turned upside down when her mother misinterprets an innocent encounter as a carnal act of disobedience Her mother seemingly overreacts by shipping Lila unaccompanied to Ghana the next day Lila has a keen eye and it is in these first person passages where the author excels in the depiction of her experiences with Ghanaian society and tradition The imagery and voices allowed this American reader to experience culture shock along with Lila during the airport arrival, her aunt s lodgings and hospitality, the boarding school ordeal and all events in between Within six months, the ever observant Lila adapts to the ingrained quid pro quo lifestyle, survives the scarcity of water, endures the torment of enemies, and learns the value of friendship As quickly as she was dispatched to Africa, her mother then suddenly recalls her to London and upon rebelling there in the worst ways, she is again abruptly whisked away to live with her distant thrice a year phone calling father and his family in New York City At this point, the direction of the novel veers unexpectedly toward evangelical themes when a travel weary Lila struggles to make sense of her parents actions, their relationships, the effects their decisions have on her life, and the age old why me question At its core, the novel explores issues of identity, dislocation, and belonging as Lila is thrust into differing and difficult situations in the UK London , Ghana and the USA New York City It is in these places and from deep within her heart that she must find her own voice and the inner strength to survive often without the shelter, guidance, and protection of her dysfunctional family A side note This novel should probably be marketed or labeled as Young Adult because there were too many unanswered questions, underdeveloped adult characters, and a neatly wrapped ending which also felt a bit forced and abrupt however, even from an adult viewpoint, it was still an enlightening and educational story the boarding school experiences are truly unforgettable Recommended for all with an interest in cross cultural experiences featuring a female, coming of age, teen protagonist.


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    It seems as though we can all learn a lesson from this young girl Bounced from place to place by her basket case of a mother, Lila s resilience is amazing Sent from the U.S because, as it turns out, her mother needs some me time , Lila finds herself in Ghana, a place that nothing her life in the U.S could have possibly prepared her for She cried until she had no tears left, then when she had to leave her aunt s house for school, she cried some Eventually, she settled into life at school and made some friends, jut to be uprooted again Lila made the best of every situation she found herself in, although she was never allowed to put down any roots You wanted to feel sorry for her, but her spirit was so strong that you wound up in awe of her Lila managed to thrive in the deplorable conditions in Ghana, back in the U.S she found love, and in her father s home she finally had a family life, although her mother jerked her around at every turn This book was so much about the spirit of this wonderful girl From the time I started it, I wanted to finish it, and hopefully find a happy ending for Lila In the end, her poignant questions left me hoping for a sequel, so that I could see Lila find the life and love she deserved.


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    Do you know what I found remarkable about this book Brew Hammond s ability to have such a realistic teenage protagonist This is first person narrative, and she remains absolutely believable and authentic as a teenager throughout the entire book Let s be honest As an adult, teenagers are about the most exasperating beings on the planet Why won t they just heed Why do they persist in folly And roll their eyes and give such attitude But, as a teenager, your every indignation is absolutely righteous, and it s the adults who are just not understanding and making decisions about your life that are so terribly unfair I felt this girl s pain, and heard her voice, but I could still sit back and say, girl, stop being such a brat and respect your elders It s a testament to Brew Hammond s talent that she makes this young girl with such different life experiences so completely relatable Plotwise, I wonder if Brew Hammond was too intent on wrapping things up in a neat little bow of a very unrealistically happy ending But, you know, it s fiction, whose to say it couldn t happen


  10. says:

    What a wonder read It was an easy read and so well written w some humor too She covered the three geographical locations nicely At least it seems as if she did I wouldn t be surprised if this became a movie too Good character development especially in Auntie Flora.


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