Forged by Fire

by Sharon M. Draper                                                          This page was created by Chad Powell

Title.

Forged by Fire is about a young man named Gerald.  Gerald is the son of Monique who is a drug abusive mother.  One day while Monique is out getting drugs Gerald finds a lighter and catches their apartment on fire.
His mother is then sent to jail.  He is sent to live with his Aunt Queen.  She takes great care of him until she dies.  Then he is put back into the custody of his mother.  His mother in the mean time had married a man named Jordan and allegedly had a kid with him.  It was a little girl named Angel.  Jordan took a passed time in molesting Angel.  He also enjoyed hitting Gerald and Monique.  Gerald finally caught Jordan molesting Angel and decided to go to his friend Andy's dad.  Andy's dad helped Gerald fill out all the paperwork and take Jordan to court.  The court found Jordan guilty and sentenced him to six years in prison.  In the mean time Gerald took up basketball and Angel became an excellent dancer.  They used their sports to help let go of the hard times.  Then Jordan got out of jail.  He claimed to have changed, but Gerald saw through him.  Gerald now seventeen finally caught Jordan molesting Angel again and he fought him.  Even though badly injured Gerald made it out out alive with Angel while Jordan died in their apartment fire.

Personal Reflection

Forged by Fire is a great book.  It is very well written and extremely powerful.  Sharon Draper puts you right in the shoes of a young man who has seen more problems in 17 years than most people will see in a lifetime.
I enjoyed this book so much that I would recommend it to anyone.  You do not have to be in a certain position to feel for this poor boy Gerald.  Sharon Draper had me turning the pages eagerly just to see what curve ball would be thrown at Gerald next.
I am not sure if I really learned anything from this book but it does expose what some kids have to go through.  I'm going to presume this was a fictional story but I would not be all that surprised if another kid has gone through the same events that Gerald went through in this book.  I might not have learned something because I was aware that there were kids being treated this way, but it's a completely different feeling when you see their thoughts.  I can not really relate much with Gerald, the issues in my life look ridiculous compared to his.  Which also helped me put my issues into perspective and made me realize how good I have it.  Which is another reason I would recommend it to anyone.  
As I said before this is a great book that I would recommend to anyone.  If it doesen't teach you it sure does show you and makes you feel for the characters in this book.  And if a book can make you feel without relating, then it must be a great book.

Theme

The theme in Forged by Fire is courage.  Throughout his whole life Gerald is faced with unbelievably tough obstacles and he manages to pull through in every one.  Also in a way Angel has courage.  She doesn't just give up on her life and sulk around.  She dances to relieve her stress and get at least some of the demons out of the closet. 

Tone

The tone in Forged by Fire is somber.  Nothing seems to go right for Gerald and his family and when something does go right it is quickly shot down by something equally negative.