I recently read columnists Leonard Pitts Jr.'s "Before I Forget". I'll use this mind map in place of a traditional book review.
Jack & Trey. Pitts failed to make the connection with Jack and Trey's lives: how they both ended up in jail and for something that they did not do (though Trey did play a role in the crime that he went to jail for).. LaShonda's Mom. Pitts mentions that DeVante has lost his mom, grandmother and grandfather. However, I don't recall what happened to the grandmother. But I did not think that she died. Is he implying that he lost her because she probably won't be a part of his life?. Dog. There was no closure about Dog's decision to try to kill Trey (though he ended up killing Mo). I mean I know that the writing was design to create suspense, but Dog seemed so compelled to turn his life around. I wanted to know how he got back to taking the 'thug' role.. The Judge & Ronnie. I wanted closure on these characters too. How'd Ronnie feel: Did she reflect on using Dog as a pawn to get back at her father? How'd she feel about Dog and his decision to murder and then take his own life?. Cooley. There was a brief mention of Cooley attending Mo's funeral, but I thought that there might be more .... The Aunts. I thought that the aunts would have been mentioned as attending Mo's funeral.. Trey 1. Isn't it true that Trey had better watch his back? I can't imagine him getting through his sentence w/o some sort of retailation from Fury and Cedric.. Trey 2. There was no mention about how Trey was dealing w/the death of his grandfather and father in such a short period of time.. Phillip. How does Phillip feel about taking in DeVante? Even though Phillip sees the difference in Trey. Really, why does Phillip stick w/Tash?. Depressing 1. What I thought was missing in this regard was Pitts could have made a connection here. It seems that everyone was up against obstacles and about to break or broke: --Tash (about to break) --Mickela (broke) --Dog (broke) --Dog's Mom (about to break) --Fury (about to break/broke). Depressing 2. What's w/all of the death? and disease? --the robbery and killing the store clerk --Jack dying from cancer --Ruth's tragic death --LaShonda and her baby --Dog committing suicide --Mo's suicide/murder --Phillip's wife.
Trey & his mom. LaShonda & her mom. Dog & his mom. Mo & his mom. Phillip's girls and their mom. Ronnie & her mom.