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The Friends Critical Essay

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Critical Overview

Although literature for young adults is seldom reviewed widely or in depth (unless the author is relatively well known), The Friends received several favorable reviews. Elizabeth Haynes in Library Journal described the novel as powerful and praised the realism of its characters, setting, and language. A Kirkus Reviews critic also found The Friends memorable, particularly because of the complex development of Phyllisia's character as she learns to cope with the difficulties of life in Harlem. The reviewer admired the skillful presentation of the comparisons between Phyllisia and her father, concluding that she is a character "worth knowing even when she's least lovable." Both journals included the novel among their selections for the best books of the year. 

In particular, Guy received praise for her sensitive and perceptive handling of potentially controversial subject matter such as prejudice and racism. In addition, The Friends was mentioned for its pioneering...

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