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

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The moving film-version of this story led me to read the true-life accounts collected in this equally-emotional book, written by kids in the early 1990s whose lives of gang violence and racial hatred seemed ready to consume them before a caring teacher dared to help change the course of their lives. "The Freedom Writers Diary" contains anonymous journal entries from the high schoolers of Erin Gruwell's English classes, and they explore the devastating lives the kids were living at the time. Frequently, the entries detail the violence, hatred, and anger the kids possessed, but they go further than that to reveal the simple, yet honest, truth: despite their environment and other sociological factors, these kids were and are human beings. Read this book for a powerful true-life account of the veracity of the human spirit, and be uplifted and enlightened.