Title: The Mistreatment of Zora Langston
Author: Lisa W. Tetting
ISBN 13: 9780996142908
Published: 1 edition (March 15, 2015)
Pages: 163 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Drama, Black Fiction, Coming of Age,
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, which follows.
At the tender age of nine years old, Zora Langston loses the most important person in her life, her father. This one event, sets off a chain of events that is mind-boggling. Zora is left with a mother who despises her, a sister who hates her, and a brother who does not even acknowledge her presence. The death of Zora’s father is further exacerbated when her mother’s boyfriend moves in and takes his place as the head of the household.
Zora struggles to cope with the harsh treatment she receives, as the youngest child in the family. Naïve as she is, Zora is forced to cope with adult situations that propel her into a new path in her life. Through all of this, Zora remembers the love and the many lessons from her father, while relying on her faith to help her survive.
Eventually Zora finds the love and understanding she deserves from her Aunt and Uncle, who embrace her into their family. Haunted by her past, Zora is forced to face old abusers, and new abusers. Nevertheless, life goes on, and through love and trust Zora is lead to the truth of what it means to be part of a family.
Zora Langston tells this story with all the wisdom a nine-year-old girl can share. The reader lives through her, and experiences what the child goes through on a daily basis. I was visually shaken after the confrontation with her mother’s boyfriend. Zora handles her circumstances with the grace and dignity of a true survivor. I was drawn into Zora’s world. I felt her pain and neglect, and her joy and sorrow. All I wanted to do, was grab this child, hug her, and never let her go!
Author, Lisa Tetting
There is sexual abuse and violence portrayed in the book. However, it is my opinion that the author portrays this abuse realistically through the words of young Zora. This is Lisa Tetting’s debut novel, and I believe she achieves her goal of showing how prevalent this type of abuse is in our society.
I was moved beyond words at the treatment Zora endured. However, I found Zora’s courage and motivation to move forward and heal from her wounds, the most important message in the story. If you love family drama, young adult literature, and stories that give you hope about life, look no further. Zora Langston will fill your heart.
Realistic Characterization: 5/5
Made Me Think: 5/5
Overall enjoyment: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5