For my latest venture into our YA Historical Fiction Challenge, I read Good Fortune by Noni Carter. I first heard about the book when I attended Boston Bookfest, and heard Carter read a bit from the book and speak. I was intrigued by the idea of dreams reoccurring throughout the book and the plot seemed moving.
This was a powerful story,alright, and considering that Carter was 18 when the book was published it’s quite impressive. I did get the feeling several times that Carter was trying a bit too hard to make the language of the book poetic. Points seemed somewhat over-worked throughout. But again, for a young, first-time author that is to be expected. The book is good, and well worth a read through. Plus, the research behind the history seems accurate to the best of my knowledge.
I hope the book has the impact Carter would like it to have – to inspire others to create and educate themselves. I would definitely recommend this book to teens, and to adults who are interested in a slave narrative, African American history or just a good mid-nineteenth century novel.