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Imani All Mine: The Best Book I Ever Read

Updated on April 10, 2012

The best book I ever read is one that I almost ended up skipping. At first, due to its sensitive subject, depressing scenes and strong, sometimes hard-to-read language, Imani All Mine by Connie Rose Porter may seem like a book not worth reading. After finishing the entire book twice, I can tell you that the opposite is true: This book will change you.

I don't usually have much time for reading, but sometimes, I feel like I need to get lost in a good book. The day I picked up Imani All Mine at my high school library was not one of those days. In fact, the only reason I chose to look at books was to pass time during a mandatory study session. After looking through stupid "pre-teen" novels, I glanced over at the urban fiction section. Imani All Mine was one of the first ones I saw, and it looked like an easy read, so I walked back to my computer holding it along with another book that I don't even remember.

After looking at the first few paragraphs, I read the beginning reluctantly. I don't consider myself the least bit proper or stuck-up, but some of the language seemed so ghetto that I wondered how the author expected us to understand it. (I later found out that certain colleges use Imani as study material in Ebonics classes.) I would have put it back on the shelf if the subject matter hadn't interested me so much. Most people would look at it as another typical "teenage Black mother in the hood" book, but sometimes I like to read things that don't apply to me (at the time I had no kids). Plus, I knew that it wasn't exactly recommended reading by the teachers at school, and some probably would have removed it if they had known it existed at our library. I felt a little bit like a rebel.

After getting further into the book, I couldn't put it down. There was something about Tasha's wise yet innocent personality that made me like her, and I had high hopes for her daughter and their future. Even though we had virtually nothing in common, I felt like we were friends. I laughed, cried, and smiled with her. It's important to note that never in my life have I cried from reading a book. Instead of feeling accomplished when I was done, I felt sad. I couldn't believe it was over. The fact that I was no longer a part of Tasha's little world made me feel like crying again. But, I didn't regret reading it, because I also felt inspired. I wanted to write something of my own, and that's a feeling that still hasn't left me.


I'm not going to summarize the plot or tell the story. I can't let myself ruin it for you. I hope that this Hub can inspire at least one person to read Imani All Mine, and maybe feel the way that I did. This book is a real eye-opener, so even if you feel like nothing in it applies to you or you can't get past the language, remember that it gets better. It gets better. I feel like that's something that reading this book will help you understand.

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Warning: I want to note that Connie Rose Porter, the author, also wrote several books for young children. Please don't let this turn you away from reading Imani All Mine; they are entirely different types of novels, although I'm sure her American Girl books are great for a younger audience.

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