Leaving all that they know in a world of Big Ma's manners and rules, the three sisters enter into a world of afros, hippies, and a summer camp program run by the Black Panther Party (When I was reading anything to do with the Black Panther Party I kept hearing Forrest Gump's voice in my head, "Sorry I ruined your Black Panther party" and couldn't help but smile) that their wanting-nothing-to-do-with-them-mother seems to have some dealings. While I was impressed with how Williams-Garcia was able to portray some of the confusion and scariness of that time period and that place, and appreciated how she was discussed the idea of black identity both through the girls and what Black Panther members/summer camp staff said; I felt that the novel could have had more character development from Delphine (the narrator and oldest sister) who seems to have lost some of her childhood in helping raise her younger sisters, sans momma; Cecile (the mom) also could have been developed more fully. All in all it was an interesting read.
Would I recommend it?:Yes, and if my word's not good enough, check out all these awards One Crazy Summer has garnered: