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Would you listen to AppBLACKation Rejected again? Why?
I would listen to APPBLAKATION again because it is an inspiring story. It shows the struggle of trying to break into Hollywood as a writer when you don't look a certain way. Although there are many barriers to break through, it shows us a person who continues to reinvent himself and doesn't give up.
What was one of the most memorable moments of AppBLACKation Rejected?
The most memorable moments were when Charles would speak about his life and family growing up. I could picture each moment he spoke about of his life in Chicago. He spoke highly of his parents and it's clear that's where he got a lot of his determination from.
Which scene was your favorite?
My favorite scene in the book was when after traveling across the country for an internship, Charles was told that he didn't qualify because he had already graduated college. after feeling defeated and not knowing what to do he was given an opportunity to get an apartment from a stranger. Since this was someone he came across out of the blue it made me feel like it was fate and he belonged there. A lot of people would have given up.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me smile a lot and some of it made me pretty angry. I smiled when he talked about his home life. I got angry because of the unfair treatment he was given over and over again. It's definitely relatable.
Any additional comments?
This is a book that is well written and an interesting read. It pulls you into Charles's personal life and you get to know him through his words. You get into his story and picture each scene he describes. I learned that Hollywood in a lot of ways isn't ready for diversity. It shows the struggles of trying to succeed as an African American writer and the road blocks that are out there. It's a story of a person who has dreams and aspirations and a strong will to continue going after what he wants.