ZEN COOPER is known for being, different, smart, a genius even. She also lives in a precarious situation, with a mother she adores but who she isn’t sure loves her. However, her faith, books, photography and guardian angel, named ‘Crazy Charlie’ are enough to keep her smiling. But, there is so much for her to know and discover and nothing and no one will be able to stop the child from becoming a woman, and the genius from feeling the pain life offers.
Zen Cooper: Woman-Child: Ghetto Genius offers a vivid, real glimpse into the life of a young, growing woman who pulses with courage and strength in the face of odds and though at times down, is never out.
Zen Cooper: Woman-Child: Ghetto Genius is a story that can be enjoyed by the family. It is a feel good story that doesn’t sugar-coat the struggles of life but uses positive actions to overcome them. The main character, Zen, literally leaps off the page at you. I sat many times thinking of my feelings as a 14-year-old and how I felt that no one understood. Now I know that there is nothing new going on just different dates and faces.
I highly recommend this book for any age group. The characters are well-developed and relate from the viewpoint of a parent and as a child. It also provides a positive image for our youth. I can hear the author’s voice saying, “It’s okay to be different” and I think youth of color need to hear more voices such as this.
This book will make a great book club read for adult and teenage book clubs. I think it can also be used as a teaching tool by educators to spark conversation about actions and consequences.
Angelia Vernon Menchan considers writing to be the elixir of her soul. Since learning penmanship at age four, most days have found her jotting down thoughts in a notebook. After decades of journal-keeping she decided to try her hand at writing and publishing books, from which was born her small publishing company, M.A.m.m. Productions through which she publishes her own books that she has coined, ‘Fictionalized Truths, Ageless Fiction and Ramblings.’
When not writing, Angelia is a wife, mother, mentor and nana who loves reading almost as much as writing. Angelia is also an Avid Blogger and posts blogs most days to her blog, RAMBLINGS at http://acvermen.blogspot.com or for Skirt Magazine at http://skirt.com/angel08.