The story takes place in Lorain, Ohio. Nine-year-old Claudia and her ten-year-old sister Frieda live with their parents, a tenant named Mr. Henry, and foster child Pecola Breedlove.
Pecola's house was burned down by her alcoholic and sexually abusive father. She is constantly reminded of the poverty she lives in and how ugly she is by her neighborhood. In order to beautify herself, she wishes for blue eyes. Through flashbacks, the novel explores the life experiences of Pecola's parents, Cholly and Pauline, and their struggles as blacks in the white Protestant community.
In one of the scenes, while Pecola is doing dishes, her drunk father, Cholly, rapes her, leaving her pregnant. Claudia and Frieda take their saved up money to buy marigolds in hopes that Pecola's baby will survive. The marigolds never bloom and Pecola's baby is born prematurely and dies. Pecola slowly starts to go insane, believing that her "new" eyes are causing everyone in her neighborhood to act differently.
I rate this book five stars. It has changed my view on life completely.
Review by Miracle J