Comment on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: "This is a book I've been meaning to read for years, and I wasn't disappointed. Maya Angelou writes with intelligence and a growing view of her younger self and her place in the world. Her style matures as she portrays the young Marguerite growing older and learning about the world. From the age of three until the tale ends in her teens she describes a life of challenges, but is never defeated" (Lawson). My Reaction: I completely agree with Lawson. After researching and working on this project, I feel sympathy for Angelou and love her works. As a child, she has gone through many traumatic experiences and writing about them makes it better for her. Comment on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: "I'm conflicted about this book. She is an amazing writer. I wasn't offended by the frankness of her telling of her rape and subsequent sexual experiences. I didn't feel her account was salacious but accurately reflected her limited understanding of what was going on. (I do agree with some of the reviewers on taking issue with whether or not this book is appropriate for younger readers.)" (Anna). My Reaction: I agree with this comment because at first the content of this novel conflicted me as well. Comment on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: "I read this book because my teenage son was going to be required to read it in his English class at school. I did not want to read the book because I was aware of its content. But I felt it necessary in order to be able to talk to the teacher about my objections. So I did not like this book. My degree in Comparative Literature enables me to recognize some literary value in Caged Bird, as well as historical and social value. I believe Maya Angelou is a powerful and talented writer" (Christensen). My Reaction: I agree but I somewhat disagree. I understand that this book contains controversial content but that does not mean that it deserves a low rating.