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The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them

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18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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When I first heard about this movie and book I didn't think it would be nice but now I'm glad that I saw it because it has touched me alot. You would never know what it feels like to be in their position unless you have been through it. You know how they say you shouldn...
When I first heard about this movie and book I didn't think it would be nice but now I'm glad that I saw it because it has touched me alot. You would never know what it feels like to be in their position unless you have been through it. You know how they say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. I did and I ended up to be so wrong, that is one of the best movies i have ever watched and it taught me a life lesson.

posted by Anonymous on January 8, 2007

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

The Editors of What Could Have Been a Masterpiece Let Formality Overpower

I decided to give the book 3 stars, the lowest rating I will give a book so long as I love the story behind it but hate the way it was constructed. Such is the case with this work. I do believe that Ms. Gruwell taught this class and was the mentor of the Freedom Writers...
I decided to give the book 3 stars, the lowest rating I will give a book so long as I love the story behind it but hate the way it was constructed. Such is the case with this work. I do believe that Ms. Gruwell taught this class and was the mentor of the Freedom Writers; I do believe that this group of supposed bad, unteachable students who grew up on the wrong side of the street were able to, with the help of a loving, understanding mentor, graduate and become successful; I do not, however, believe that these are the original journal entries that were supposedly written by the students. I'm a professional writer now, and by-God, I couldn't write half as well as these remedial children did at their age. I grew up in the kinds of neighborhoods, and I'll tell y'all somethin': THAT AIN'T HOW WE TALK! I don't think I've ever seen people in my 'hood use the words that were used in the book; it is as if each 'entry' is, one, written by the same person, and two, by a Harvard Grad with a writing degree at that. I won't lie: I do believe that the original events of the Freedom Writers took place (I do need verification, though; I was very young when the events would have occurred; and though the book provides photos of the actual people, they are just photos); I do believe that a group of unteachable students learned the power of the written word and became successful in their own rights.... I also believe that whoever edited this manuscript for publication needs to come off their high goddamn horse and say hello to the reality I and so many others have been living in. I won't pretend like if it weren't for my mother I'd be in prison right now or dead from a drug overdoes, alcohol poisoning, or suicide. The editor of the piece let formality rule over what could have been a masterpiece told through the individual voices of the same kinds of people I grew up with and have befriended - all good kids, some going down the wrong path, others straightening out. I was expecting to read the words of students and watch their individual writing progress through the course of four years of high school. Instead the reader is handed garbage that has obviously been edited down to an appropriate level because people are too naive to understand the reality of the lower- and lower-middle-class systems and the hell they live in. In short - I believe the events took place, and I believe this could have been a masterpiece if it was left alone editorially, but of course, some formally-educated editor had to step in and turn it into something that would be acceptable to those with naive perceptions blinded to reality.

posted by WilliamHDenborough on September 12, 2010

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