"my name is tookie" is an intense, first-person narrative account of early childhood and adolescent memories by a fifteen-year-old survivor. It's a dramatic coming of age novella about the shocking adversities and inhumane traumas Tookie suffered at the hand of the 'system' in charge of her protection. Due to the nature of this book, some descriptive scenes are not suitable for those under the age of 13; parental guidance advised.
This book grabbed me from page one and made me read it in 1 sitting. The book tells the story of a girl named Tookie who was suppose to be a twin (Twin died in womb) and was the daughter of a teenager and Weathly boy who's family wanted nothing to do with her. Tookie grew up being close to her Grandmother but that all changed one day when her mother decided to take her from the only world she knew. She grew up being exposed to drugs and physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her mother. She finally after years ends up back with her Grandmother who has to fix the damage done to her. This story is quick and it makes you want to root for Tookie. The ending is just finished to quickly and makes me wanting to know more.
Thank you, Chariss K. Walker for giving me a chance to read your book. You are a wonderful writer. You keeps the reader captivated throughout the book.
Tookie is a mixed race child whose mother turns to drugs to forget her own torturous past. At age 4, Tookie is molested by one of her Mom's many man friends and it leaves her (Tookie) in a state of inconsolable indifference. She is then sent back to her loving grandmother. After, much counseling. she gets to wondering about her sexual preference. Finally at the age of 15, she comes to the conclusion of what she really is.
I would like to see a sequence to this book. It kind of leaves the reader wondering how she turned out in later life.
The story of young Tookie, who has a rough start in life. We learn how Tookie was pushed around through "the system" the horrors she endured and how she turns out in the end.
A thought-provoking story told through Toolkie voice from four years old until her teens. Her life was not easy, and she struggles to stay grounded and as normal as possible. We see the effects of living with a drug addict mother, then in foster care.
I strongly recommend My Name is Tookie to readers of all genres. The cover is beautiful and (in my opinion) captures Tookie as I imagined she would look like.