This is a story about growing up female and black during the 70's in Brooklyn. It covers from preteen to adult, mostly focusing on the early teen years. Homelife, family, religion, parents, boys, poor people, addicts, kissing, dating, friendships, sex, drugs, music, attitudes, beauty, goals, basically everything about growing up and life is touched on. It almost seemed like a diary of an adult telling about the past and has sort of a poetic feel to it. It's great at putting you in the moment.