Friends, the

Guy, Rosa

West Indian immigrant Phyllisia Cathy has been plopped down in Harlem with her proud, larger-than-life father, dying mother and pretty, compliant sister.

I wanted to love this 1973 YA novel, but I couldn't find it in me to love the self-absorbed teenage protagonist. She becomes more self-aware as the story progresses, but it happens too late. Lots of people wrote positive reviews on Amazon, so perhaps it's just me.

May 18 2013