Fun(4)DaMental: The Alchemist & Divergent

cropped-cropped-fybc.jpgNever heard of The Alchemist? Wanted to see Divergent but chose not to because you hadn’t read the book? Well, we’ve got you covered.


Ms. Malcolm Hughes: The Alchemist is a perfect balance between bildungsroman and an inspirational read. The Shepard’s story is not only compelling, but relatable as well. His journey to fulfill his dreams correlates to what one seeks when they question their “destiny” in life. The entire book is one huge metaphor for facing adversity and adhering to the goals one have set for themselves. Though I have conflicting feelings about the way the book ended, they are not strong enough for me to hesitate suggesting everyone check this book out immediately if you haven’t already done so.

On a scale of A,B,C,D, or F I give the book an A-.

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Tyrah: Divergent is an excellent read for all ages. While it drags on a bit, and is longer than need be, it still delivers that political ping that The Hunger Games missed and classic dystopian novels like 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and Anthem mastered. The main characters Tris (from the Divergent series) and Katniss (from The Hunger Games series) are completely different types of protagonists; while Katniss is more reserved and thinks before she acts, Tris is rash and foolhardy, thus Divergent leads the reader along a path of dangerous adventure coupled with moral self-righteousness, giving the book a “cowboy-like” feel—definitely an exciting read!

On a scale of A,B,C,D, or F I give the book a solid B.

As always, Love and Hug More!

XOXO, F.Y.B?C.


Ms. Malcolm Hughes is the editor-in-chief of For Your Black? Conscious. She is a Chicago, IL native–from the city, not the suburbs–strategizing in Washington, D.C. She loves pizza and challenges you to find her a better pie than she gets back home. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter @fybconscious.

Ty Hodge is a trill. Ass. Individual. looking to make their mark on the world; whatever that might look like. As it stands it looks like: mid career change to Wall Street, drinking fine red wines, and periodically writing. Ty wants to make money or die tryin’ all in the name of giving back to the community.

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