Skip to content

Sag Harbor Tells Every Teen’s Story

April 29, 2009

sag-harbor

Today Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Sag Harbor, was released. Reading on the beaches of CA probably didn’t hurt my opinion of this book, but I absolutely loved it.

I’m a Rhode Island-native white girl who definitely didn’t have a summer home or beach house growing up (or now, for that matter), but Benji’s story is so universal, everyone can identify with him. As a 15-year-old, he is fiercely loyal to his brother, confused about friends and girls, dealing with family dynamics and unsure of who he is and is becoming. Who can’t identify with that?

Of course being one of the only black kids in his prep school doesn’t help and the varying views and ideas on race he gets from his family, friends, employer and strangers confuse but intrigue him. Benji’s innocence and sincerity makes you love him. And even though he makes some poor decisions, Benji has a compelling sense of right and wrong and he is sure to succeed.

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: