I got bronx masquerade by nikki grimes at a time my life needed a wake-up. Having never heard of Nikki Grimes, I took a chance on a slim book and bought it. Page one blew my mind and two hours later I was wiping my tears and re-rereading it again.
Gentle reader may I please assure you that this book will change your life as well. We are introduced to 18 students who in writing poetry for a class project, discover themselves and start to find their place in the world.
I think why I was so moved by BRONX MASQUERADE is that the book was written from each of this student’s thoughts and their feelings were at times so raw and so hurt. One student talks about what he learns and understands from each student as they read their poetry to the rest of the class, as he listens to each of them open up on paper, he too grows in understanding of the different factors that make us who we are.
Bronx Masquerade by nikki grimes just like its title reveals hides so many aspects of what our lives are behind the façade that we show our friends and family. As I read this book, the poetry opened up my spirit and lead me to the understanding of self-acceptance and also acceptance of the people from different walks of life who are in different and difficult places all around me.
The emotions evoked were truly poetic. I just got deep into this masterpiece and could not help but get myself in tears. I would liken this book to LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY in a way because it is also a great read. Having discovered a gem of a writer, I can now say that my shelf spots a book or three more of Nikki Grimes.