I’ve never liked reading, but I’ve always loved a good book. I’d like to assume that many people have this problem; there’s just something about reading that screams boredom! Unless, of course, you find that one book. The book you refuse to put down late at night, the book you read during class, the book you sneak to work. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou, is a true example of the saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”
When I first picked it up from my local library I rolled my eyes at its dingy, almost peeled off, musty cover. When I got to reading, however, things changed. I became sucked into the world of young Angelou, a little African American girl growing up during times of segregation and poverty. The whole plot is just a telling of her life story from her successes to her losses. I did not realize, however, how deeply I would connect with the book. Her triumphs became my triumphs, and her trials became mine as well. Throughout the book, Angelou keeps a hopeful tone, with the idea that things will get better. Her simplistic word choices really connected with me, and helped me follow her life journey.
This autobiography stunningly captivates real life problems that are still issues today. I would recommend this book to anyone solely because I feel anyone can relate to it. Angelou skillfully weaved so many negative parts of her life, from domestic abuse to racism, into one book and still wrote in such a positive way. That encourages people to view their problems a bit more positively.
So what am I trying to say in short, for those of you who don’t even like reading book reviews? Go pick this book up, it’s ‘the one.’