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A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League Paperback – May 4 1999


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (May 4 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767901266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767901260
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #495,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on May 25 2004
Format: Hardcover
A great book! I read it cover to cover in a day, it was compelling. You feel like you're part of Cedric's story.
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When I picked up this book, I didn't know what I'd think of it. It's not the normal kind of book I read, but as this month's book club selection, I gave it a chance. And I was quite impressed.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Cedric. Coming from middle-class white suburbia, but not far from Detroit, I was familiar of the struggle for inner-city kids to strive, but not with their perceptions of it. This book opened up my eyes to some realities and feelings, I never had thought about before. For instance, how it's not only very difficult to get a good education or good grades in the inner city, but how you're ostracized by your peers for trying.
This is a story of how Cedric ignored the taunting of fellow students, how he earned a chance at the Ivy league and then we learn the struggle doesn't stop there. For a boy who was salutatorian at his high school, his education level is still far below most of those in the Ivy leagues. The story is about his efforts to make the grade, fit in at school and become comfortable in his own skin. Just reading about his obstacles made me tired for him!
I enjoyed the book, especially how we did get to see the world by more than just Cedric's eyes, but also by his mothers, his fathers and friends. I think this gave the story a pick-me-up when otherwise it would have gotten boring. To anyone who is interested in this topic, I'd recommend this book.
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Format: Paperback
While flipping channels one day on my TV, I stumbles upon a writer doing a reading of his Pulitzer Prize winning book entitled Hope in the Unseen. Moments later the main character from the book, Cedric himself, stepped to the mic and took questions about the experience, and the book itself. I was riveted! This was facinating! I ran out and got the book, and was literally swept away by the story, the strength, and the bitter sweetness of the struggle illustrated so well. This book was a profound experience for me. Not only does the author use words in the most beautiful manner, but the story is so unashamed in it's stark compassion and truth. There were so many parts of this book that brought tears to my eyes. I felt privilaged to catch a glimpse of the vulnerability of this courageous, flawed, strong, optimistic young man. This book gave me hope for all young people out in the world facing seemingly insurmountable odds. I wanted to stand up and cheer at the end, I felt like this kid was going to be better than "OK", that he was going to have a richly rewarding life because he wasn't afraid to push himself along his journey. Every teen in school should be required to read this book, and every adult should read it so that we can change the attitudes in this world one family at a time.
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By A Customer on March 8 2004
Format: Paperback
Get ready for an all nighter...this book is extremely captivating! As you've probably read through the editorial reviews, it is the story of an African American young man in his last year of high school and in his beginning college years. I had to read this book for a college diversity class as we were discussing the baggage different ethnicities carry with them at all times. This book showed me the world through the eyes of Cedric, an African American boy struggling to overcome his hardships and make something of his life. Suskind did a wonderful job at getting inside Cedric's head and writing the book in his perspective. This book is definitely one of the best books I have read in a while and certainly opened my eyes to a different world. I highly recommend this book for any college student living on a diverse campus or for anyone who is searching for a wonderful story.
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A Hope in the Unseen tells the story of Cedric Jennings, a lower income black student who is stuck in a terrible neighborhood in Washington DC. Cedric strives to work hard in high school in hopes that he will find some way out of the "ghetto" lifestyle that has suffacated some many of his friends and family. Cedric's dream comes true when he is accepted into Brown University, but it comes with a cost. At Brown, Cedric has to deal with classes that he feels unprepared for, and feels alienated from the mostly white, upperclass student body at Brown. But Cedric is surely not a quiter. It is uplifting to see Cedric's personal story of success unfold page after page. At the end of the book, it seems that Cedric has come to terms with Brown Unversity, his religious beliefs, and most importantly, himself.
A few other reviewers have mentioned that Cedric's story is not particulary exceptional. This belief arises from the still quite controversial issue of affirmative action-like practices that effect acceptance to several colleges and universities around the country. Cedric has stellar high school grades and extra-curricular activies, but this would normally not be enough to grant acceptance into an Ivy League school for a white student with the same qualifications. The main issue addressed is that Cedric's SAT score of only about 960 would immediately disqualify him from Brown if he were white.
Personally, I have mixed feelings about this issue. Truthfully, this topic disturbed me when I applied to college. I knew several students that had worse GPAs and SAT/ACT scores than I, but still got into better schools. Most people didn't mention it much, but most people believed that the only reason why they got accepted was because they were black.
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