Sharon Flake's You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys is a book of short stories and poems about young, urban black boys. While it did inspire Ben and I to walk around the house randomly retorting, "You don't even know me!" for several weeks, I really did like it. Definitely very different than my life as a suburban (now rural) white 30-something stay-at-home mom, but well-written and thought-provoking.
from “You Don’t Even Know Me”You know, I’ve been wondering lately,
Trying to figure out just how it could be
That you’re around me so often
And still don’t know a thing about me.
So how does it feel…To marry the love of your life… When you’re both 16 years old and she’s pregnant?
How does it feel… to burn to find your grandfather’s killer?
And what do you do when you get kicked out of the house for running with your friends?
Or what if you had to tell your family that you had a terrible disease?
Or how would you handle it if someone you loved died… leaving you alone to deal with their terrible secret?
Meet Harvey, who just wants a new pair of shoes.
Eric, who spends the Fourth of July doing everything he loves in North Philly.
Tyler, who can get any girl he wants.
And Malik, who might not be able to resist the advances of a neighbor twice his age.
Ever wonder what they think? Now you can know.
For a more complete review, check out Kirkus Reviews.