Dear Sharon M. Draper,
I am glad to let you know that I read Darkness Before Dawn. After reading this book a character that stood out to me more than any other was Keisha Montgomery.
Keisha Montgomery stood out the most because we share a similarity. Keisha lost her boyfriend Andy and I lost my dad tom and my aunt Alina. Keisha was not as emotional towards this as someone would think. When I lost my dad I was around five years old and lost my favorite aunt this past year and a half. This really affected me because my mom was not the same after my dad died. Also when my favorite aunt died this past year and a half, I felt I needed her more than anything. I needed her this bad because she was more my mom than my own mom.
This work was very meaningful to me. It let me know how important it is to loose someone that you love and you should not forget about them. It also taught me hoe many friends and caring people you have such as Keisha had her best friend Rhonda every step she took and I, my mom was there for me.
As I read I made a note to remember that there is a whole world out there. Do not think it is the end of the world when you loose someone you dearly love. In the past I felt as though I could not move on but my mom told me to join a group that helps teens with deaths in a family.
The book helps me to remember about the past easily. Like when Keisha found out her boyfriend Andy was dead. This reminded me how much trouble I went through to be the old me. What I remembered was that no one told me my aunt had died, they told me about a week and a half later. When I found this out I felt that I needed my aunt more than anything. My friends could tell that something was wrong, the only thing I did was stay up in my room and it really bothered my friends.
There was one conflict in the book that partially mirrored my life, when Keisha did not listen to her mother. This mirrored me because I did not listen to my own mom. But this helped me realize how happy I should be to have a loving mom.
This book showed that I have a lot of things that I should be grateful of. I have people always there for me. My mom did back down when my dad died but she is still on her feet, standing strong and this helps me to keep on going no matter what stands in my way.
What really surprised me about myself is that how far I have been able to go and not forget the past. Keisha never talked to anyone, her friends were willing to her but she turned them down. I got help I am standing strong. I will never forget that I will always have someone who cares for me. Last but not least is knowing you can talk to anyone and they will be able to understand.
Darkness Before Dawn was the first book I read that really made me feel connected to a character. I am very grateful that you wrote this book.