This is the first official book that I've read by Toni Morrison. I tried reading Beloved by her as well, but couldn't settle myself into the strange plot, but I didn't give up on her! So I read this one, and I was blown. Absolutely blown. There is such poetry in her words that makes you ache with both beauty and sadness. The way that she places images into your head, the way that she phrases her sentences so that tragedy and confusion is closely interlaced brings out more emotions that you know you head. This book as definitely risen to my favorite's list, especially since the main character, an 11 year old girl just wants to be beautiful. To have blue eyes. For the longest time when I was a child, I thought that having blue eyes was also beautiful and I also wished that I good and bad. I would recommend this book to everyone and I would recommend that others who have already read it to re-read it. If you get a chance, buy a copy.