by Jevon Thompson

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ISBN-13: 9781483515328
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 779 KB

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Crutches 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Crutches by Jevon E. Thompson takes place as Vivian shocks everyone after dinner with the plan to move. While it may not seem like a big deal, for Vivian it is. She is an alcoholic with two sons and has been living with her parents. By living with them, she knows she is allowed to take advantage of that fact; she can trust that her parents will be there to take care of her boys when she goes out drinking and through the process of recovering from that drinking. So she has found an apartment in the Frederick Douglas housing projects and her children do not welcome the plan - they are scared. It is 1957 and they have to learn a whole new set of rules in the projects. This was an interesting read with an interesting story to it. I have always enjoyed books set back in the 1950s - a different time from us and yet they have some of the same issues. I admire Vivian for taking hold of her life, but it was Von and Robin that I felt the most attached to throughout the story. It is always the children in situations with the parents being less than perfect - isn’t that every parent? But really this was a touching story to read and I applaud Jevon E. Thompson for this well written book. I hope there will be a follow-up; I know I will read it. Touching stories that are well written like this one will always have a place on my book shelf.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite Vivian had been struggling with her drinking problem for a very long time. She had to move in with her parents after separating from her husband, but this did not improve her situation. She knew she needed to be more responsible, at least for the sake of her children. She decided to get an apartment so she could become more independent and hopefully be the kind of mother she wanted her children to have. Moving into the Frederick Douglass apartments might not have been a very bad idea if it was not for the company that came with that environment. Before long, she was drinking again. On many occasions, her teenage son Robin had to be the mature person in the house and take care of his five-year-old brother Von. However, the situation improved tremendously when she met Bill; she stopped drinking and everyone was happy again, until a tragedy struck.  Crutches by Jevon E. Thompson is a really touching story about a woman's fight to defeat her demons and how her drinking brought great suffering to her family. The story is compellingly emotional and you can feel the struggle of the entire family, their hopes every time Vivian seemed to be winning her fight against the bottle and their crushed dreams every time she fell off the wagon. The love that Vivian's family had for her was the pure and unconditional kind that stands by you, no matter what; to her mother and father she was always their little girl, no matter how many times she disappointed them, and Robin and Von were brave beyond their years.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite When things get tough, we all look for something or someone to lean on; some turn to booze, drugs or money while others discover that family and friends are best to hold them up. Jevon E. Thompson tells the story of a family struggling to stay together and lean on each other in Crutches. Ashamed of herself and knowing that she can do better, Vivian decides to take her two children and move out of her parents’ house. If she is going to be able to fight booze, she’s going to have to make up her mind to do it on her own. Robin and Little Von, her two sons, are not particularly trusting of their mother’s ability to stay sober, and therefore have battles of their own to fight as they try to adjust to life in “the projects.” As 5-year-old Little Von looks at the scary world around him, he learns to lean on his older brother Robin. Robin has the typical struggles of a high school teen to face, but with the added pressure of having to take care of his little brother while their mother struggles to straighten out her life. As each work their way through their own personal battles, will they be able to come together and find strength or fall prey to the harsh living of the projects. Crutches is a novel that is full of both triumph and tragedy. Jevon E. Thompson expertly weaves and intertwines the lives of this struggling family into a tangled web of conflict which is nearly impossible to survive. All too true of Afro-American culture in general and especially in 1957, the gripping truth of this story is very real. Thompson does an excellent job of contrasting different lives around Vivian, Robin and Little Von as a measuring stick against which the reader can see their progress and understand the pressures that are in constant motion around them. Every individual and every family has their struggles, but those who survive and become stronger have learned to lean upon those things which support them rather than continue to pull them down. You won’t have dry eyes while reading Crutches if you truly understand the depth of despair to which this family is plunged and the height of victory they achieve. Tragic, inspiring and honest!