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Fish and Grits ☂ [PDF / Epub] ☁ Fish and Grits By Tina Smith-Brown ✐ – Thomashillier.co.uk Narrated in the voice of her younger sister, Fish and Grits chronicles the life of Kala Johnson, an African American girl who finds redemption from abuse by eating a forbidden meal After the death of Narrated in the voice of her younger sister, Fish and Grits chronicles the life of Kala Johnson, an African American girl who finds redemption from abuse by eating a forbidden meal After the death of her father, fourteen year old Kala, an exceptional student who dreams about the future before it happens, takes on the responsibility of raising Fish and MOBI :↠ three younger brothers and a sister while struggling to survive the concrete jungle they call home Kala, who will do anything to save her siblings from suffering, comes up with a plan to keep them together amidst the challenges of poverty, government interference, and a drug addicted mother When one of the eight years old twin boys begins to set deadly fires and is saved from the police by their bank robbing neighbor, Kala finds in him a friend and confidante Their lives continue to unravel after their mother is killed, but Aunt Charlie, their gay, ex marine corps uncle, arrives just in time to rescue the family and to show Kala that true parental love really does existKevin Hart comedian, actor, writer , Charles Fuller Pulitzer Prize winning playwright , and Leslie Esdaile Banks author of the Vampire Huntress Series , all love Fish and Grits the first novel by independent publisher and author, Tina Smith Brown.


10 thoughts on “Fish and Grits

  1. Mattie Mattie says:

    This was an outstanding read and deservesthan the max 5 star rating that goodreads allows I can t believe that I ve had this in my possession since March 11 and only decided to read it at this point in time because a goodreads friend of mine suggested that we read it together thanks CeCe This book made me angry, it made me laugh and cry sometimes all at once The childhoods of Kala, Kelly, Sonny, Brother and Baby can only be described as hell on earth Kala, being the oldest at age This was an outstanding read and deservesthan the max 5 star rating that goodreads allows I can t believe that I ve had this in my possession since March 11 and only decided to read it at this point in time because a goodreads friend of mine suggested that we read it together thanks CeCe This book made me angry, it made me laugh and cry sometimes all at once The childhoods of Kala, Kelly, Sonny, Brother and Baby can only be described as hell on earth Kala, being the oldest at age 14 is forced to take on the role of an adult and manages to take care of her brothers and sister the best she can while dealing with a traumatic experience of her on I adore Aunt Charlie, who turns out to be a saving grace This is a true story of triumph which at times broke my heart to piecesso than Push by Sapphire I commend and thank Ms Tina Smith Brown for writing such an unforgettable book I am so looking foward to release of the sequel Brother, especially after reading the snippet of chapter one that was provided at the end of Fish and Grits I strongly recommend that all of my goodreads friends read this book if you haven t already This book is truly a steal at 2.99 for the Kindle Edition


  2. Nakia Laushaul Nakia Laushaul says:

    The cover made me a bit skeptical of this book, butin its persisitance to market this book as one I should read next to the one I ve written won me over I started in the morning before church and was finished later that evening, pretty much one sitting I absolutely fell in love with Kala and her siblings It was quite interesting how the younger sister narrator remained nameless throughout the book Uncle Charlie s arrival brought a much needed breath of fresh air, comical relief and c The cover made me a bit skeptical of this book, butin its persisitance to market this book as one I should read next to the one I ve written won me over I started in the morning before church and was finished later that evening, pretty much one sitting I absolutely fell in love with Kala and her siblings It was quite interesting how the younger sister narrator remained nameless throughout the book Uncle Charlie s arrival brought a much needed breath of fresh air, comical relief and closure Finally Okay, only one question remained with me from beginning to end and it surrounded the father s death I m still confused, but not too lost, I guess All in all, I really liked this book have already started suggesting it to my peeps 4 20 12 I came back to change this review to a 5 I haven t stopped thinking about this book, even when I picked up another one What does that tell you


  3. OOSA OOSA says:

    Hard Times Tina Smith Brown s Fish and Grits is the story of Kala Johnson, her younger sister and three younger brothers Kala is only fourteen years old but she s the only one responsible for her siblings after her father dies Their mother is always on the grind for the next hit and does nothing for them Kala will do anything for her siblings She makes sure that they have what they need while she is still trying to go to school The task of childhood poverty, a drug addict for a mother and Hard Times Tina Smith Brown s Fish and Grits is the story of Kala Johnson, her younger sister and three younger brothers Kala is only fourteen years old but she s the only one responsible for her siblings after her father dies Their mother is always on the grind for the next hit and does nothing for them Kala will do anything for her siblings She makes sure that they have what they need while she is still trying to go to school The task of childhood poverty, a drug addict for a mother and keeping social services off their backs are just a few of the encounters that are a constant burden for them The life they live takes a turn for the worse and it isn t looking good What will be next Fish and Grits is told from the prospective of Kala s younger sister s eyes These children go through a lot to keep their family together The characters are hilarious and the setting gives the feeling that you are there with them Reviewed by Sophia


  4. Kimberly Hicks Kimberly Hicks says:

    This was a really great read and I enjoyed this story so much There are so many children, unfortunately, that have to grow up this way, especially in the minority communities I was blown away by the strength that Kala, our leading teen, had in taking care of her four siblings, while still managing to go to school making straight A s, and having a job to pay bills and put food on the table There are some adults that can t manage to do all those things and this 14 year old heroin did just that This was a really great read and I enjoyed this story so much There are so many children, unfortunately, that have to grow up this way, especially in the minority communities I was blown away by the strength that Kala, our leading teen, had in taking care of her four siblings, while still managing to go to school making straight A s, and having a job to pay bills and put food on the table There are some adults that can t manage to do all those things and this 14 year old heroin did just that.The tragedies that take place during the course of their lives were awful, but it made them better people for it These characters were richly brought forth to light on each page, as I could not put it down to find out what the hell was going to happen next I fell in love with this family and cheered for their overcoming so many horrible obstacles thrown within their path Aunt Charlie was an angel sent from the Heavens, and I must say I love the use of the fish dreams to set the reader up with what may happen.This was a very enriching story and I found it quite enjoyable, despite some of the sad overtones at time I m looking forward to readingbooks from Tina Great job


  5. Michelle Michelle says:

    Never judge a book by its coverthis is oh so true with this book Horrible cover, but the contents are organized and set perfectly for a quick summer read This is not my typical book, and it s not your typical urban tale The story is centered around a young girl who unveils the struggles of her family, as she sees it through her eyes, while trying to make sense of all the grown up situations her neglectful parents have bestowed upon the family Laugh, cry, and cheer for the young characters Never judge a book by its coverthis is oh so true with this book Horrible cover, but the contents are organized and set perfectly for a quick summer read This is not my typical book, and it s not your typical urban tale The story is centered around a young girl who unveils the struggles of her family, as she sees it through her eyes, while trying to make sense of all the grown up situations her neglectful parents have bestowed upon the family Laugh, cry, and cheer for the young characters of this book Enjoy


  6. Michellejoy36 Michellejoy36 says:

    Thanks to Mattie I ve gotten back into reading This was an excellent book to start with Very realistic, sad, funny and uplifting.


  7. Mary Mary says:

    while this was an interesting book I found myself bored by some of the parts I also didn t think the kids was ever going to catch a break.


  8. Marlene Banks Marlene Banks says:

    Good story with some realistic images of the times and the place.


  9. Beverlee Beverlee says:

    The first thing that comes to mind hearing Fish I just knew it was a dramatic account of children dodging authority to remain united The Johnson kids grew up impoverished, but the one thing that held them together was their bond Their father was an evil, abusive man and their The first thing that comes to mind hearing Fish Grits for me is soul food Soul food being food that nourishes the body and spirit, not expensive in terms of cost usually but priceless for the feelings evoked I started the book with no real expectation of events I just knew it was a dramatic account of children dodging authority to remain united The Johnson kids grew up impoverished, but the one thing that held them together was their bond Their father was an evil, abusive man and their mother an uncaring heroin addict Their freedom began with the death of their father although it didn t make their lives any easier The children experience repeated heartache throughout the course of the novel, but they find guidance and love in two men that change their lives for the better I think Fish and Grits isthan a story of overcoming hardships related to being poor, it s a commentary on how children are treated by negligent parents and how adults are complicit by their lack of concern The government s role in ensuring the kids receive proper care is non existent, which should be a surprise and unacceptable, but really isn t considering the government is portrayed as corrupt and unconcerned Fish and Grits can also be seen as commentary on the importance of family unity The concrete jungle was harsh but the community came together in times of trouble sort of to protect the kids This ideal was in the process of disintegrating with the crack epidemic More importantly, the two characters who are most responsible for the positive turnaround are black men The family unit did not begin to heal until Aunt Charlie took responsibility, so I think the author made a statement in making this character not a mother or a father, but the one who loved the kids the most


  10. Deena Deena says:

    Decided to buy this book because it had so many good reviews, most of which said it was funny I started reading it one morning on my commute, but after reading the first couple of chapters, I had to put it down the story was just too sad and I felt so sorry for those kids I read a couple of other books and then decided that I needed to finish this one I m so glad I came back to it While it was sad in many places, it was also hilarious I found myself fighting to hold back tears in some spot Decided to buy this book because it had so many good reviews, most of which said it was funny I started reading it one morning on my commute, but after reading the first couple of chapters, I had to put it down the story was just too sad and I felt so sorry for those kids I read a couple of other books and then decided that I needed to finish this one I m so glad I came back to it While it was sad in many places, it was also hilarious I found myself fighting to hold back tears in some spots, and then fighting not to laugh out loud in others A REALLY good story with many memorable characters I loved it Hard to believe this is from a first time author


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