This book captures your attention, no matter how much you like or dislike reading. You get to see the different perspectives of Mrs.Gruwell's classroom, and how one English teacher can turn a child's life around. With the Rodney King riots exploding around East Los Angeles, a group of non- teachable, disruptive, incapable of learning" children of multi cultural race, learn to accept one another and to make the world around them better. The book focuses on the issues of hatred and racial profiling. The class gets to know what is really going on with everyone, and the problems they face every day. In the Beginning of Freshman Year, the students hated Mrs.Gruwell, and bet how many days it would be before she leaves. It was four years. She never gave up on them, and was supportive through all the tough times. The students read books about Anne Frank and Zlata. The idea of the holocaust shows them that there should be no hate between different races, and that what happens on the streets is totally unacceptable. Mrs. Gruwell, risks her own personal life and family relationships, to help and support these 150 kids, who she has never met before they walked into room 203.
Even if you havent seen the movie, I highly recommend you reading this book. It is far better than the movie, and makes you feel as if you were a student, sitting in front of Mrs. Gruwell, listening to every word she has to say.