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Posted February 26, 2001
Have you ever passed over a book simply because of it's title, I almost did that with Ida Mae. Look, I'm a male and everyone knows men don't read fiction, right. Of course that's silly but I have to admit that female coming of age stories are not my first love. But listen, Ms. Thornton has forced me to change my way of thinking. I'm not a professional reviewer and I'm sometimes turned off by the canned generic prose used in many reviews. So in honest, open and simple terms Ida Mae is straight up delightful. It's about love, it's about loyalty, it's about being oneself in a world in which sameness is frequently the safest path and individuality is seldom rewarded. Delores Thornton's Ida Mae has a huge comfort zone. Many times she could have given up and no one would have thought the less of her but she moved forward, I loved that in her. Very few things in Ida's life came easy. She had a man that loved her and was ready and willing to support her and their child, however the love was not mutual and Ida decided on a different path. Ida's love and loyalty enabled her to raise and cherish someone elses child, a child lost in the battlefields of domestic violence and drug abuse. Many who are the victims of rape succumb to the hatred and resentment of their attackers forever living in the nightmarish past. Not only did Ida Mae move forward, she forgave her tormentors therefore becoming the victor leaving them to face their own demons and their ultimate demise. Delores took me on a journey filled with racism, serial murders, domestic abuse and the tragic death of a small child yet the book never felt heavy, I forever wanted to continue. I can never remember loving so many characters in one book. Ms. Thornton did a fabulous job bringing these individuals to life, I cared about them and actually hurt when some passed away. I forgot it was fiction, Delores did her job quite well. Can a white couple raise an orphaned black child and love her as their own while insuring that she identify with her heritage and at the same time live in the south in the early 1900's? What affect would this have on their birth child, who had to endure the snickers and jeers of his classmates? It would be a tough row to hoe for sure. Life would not be easy for all involved but Delores Thornton showed me how love can be the cure. I liked this book...no I LOVED this book and I'm sure you will too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2000
One strong woman that - 'Ida Mae' - What a great book. I found this to be wonderful story, with well developed characters which will make you cry and make you smile and times make you laugh. No one could pry the book from my hands, as I finished it in one sitting. Then went one to 'The Sage Continues.' Can you believe in the 50's, a white family adopting a black child, and a black female who loves country music, but then again, what is country music, but the blues. Please, but wait and see how the love and strength is developed in these phenomenal stories. A must read!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2000
When you think you've read it all, here comes Ida Mae. Delores Thornton made me put on the brakes, back track to Avenue 'D' (for discover) -- to discover another aspect of African American life that many of us have given little thought to either because we are oblivious to its existence or will not let our conscious go there. Ida Mae is exhilirating and magical because she weathered many storms and obstacles and succeeded against the odds. This book is a must read for all women -- those who have made it and those who are still struggling to get there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2000
I was drawn into this book from the first paragraph, when young Ida Mae stumbled into the house after being brutally raped. There was so much going on in this story, that I hated to put this book down. Ms. Thornton is a brilliant writer who has tastefully written a spellbinding story which includes an interracial adoption in the early 50's in Cedartown, Georgia. I especially loved the suspenseful twist taking place in this small quaint area. This book is a must read for anyone interesting in a quality book. I highly recommend Ida Mae for every home library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2000
any book that can capture my undivided attention in the first few paragraphs has me hooked until the last chapter.I applaude Delores Thornton for Ida Mae and Ida Mae the saga continues.The characters are relatives,friends or people I know.I'm very pleased toward this gifted author and only wish there was an Ida Mae 3.May you rest in peace Ida Mae! B.Cornelius/Dallas,tex.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2000
'The Bluest Eye,' Is a brilliant example of the initiation to reality in regards to the superficial ideals American society has placed upon our culture. If you haven't lived with the circumstances Pecola and family experienced, you can't judge the way love was embraced with-in the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2000
Ida Mae is not your ordinary read. The author has taken the time to give a caring indepth look into the soul of Ida Mae. Although the setting is in the 1950's....it speaks to the inner strenghth of today's women who, though no decision of their own, march to the beat of different drummers. You are completely engrossed in Ida Mae's life and want to know what is next for this young woman. Fortunately the author has decided to write a sequel so that we may vicariously see what further rewards await Ida Mae. A good read and only a beginning for Delores Thornton. Ida Mae translates into strength and survival and the will to forge your own path.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.