In The Bitter Side of Sweet, 2 boys have to escape slavery in the modern era of slavery. Tara Sullivan did a really great job on writing this book by delivering a powerful, moving tale of kids trying to make a difference in life.
Amadou, a fifteen-year-old boy and his brother, Seydou has only one number to remember, the number of cacao pods that they cut down in a single day. This number is very important. The higher the number, the less chance they will get beat by the bosses. The higher the number the closer they are to paying off their debt and returning home to Moke and Auntie. However, they don’t know how much they owe because their bosses won’t say.
The boys wanted to make some money in the dry season to help their poor family. However, being tricked into slavery to harvest cacao pods on the Ivory cost. They spend day after day in the deadly sun, and with very little food, barely surviving until Khadija comes.
She’s the first girl that has come, and she’s wild. Attempting to escape time after time after time, reminding Amadou of freedom. But finally, the bosses break her, and what happens next to the brother he has always tried to protect almost breaks Amadou. The rest you’ll have to read the book in order to find out more.
This book was great because it had a lot of surprises and the characters were really described so well, I believed that they were real people (it they were real, life must have horrible for them). This book was the best I have read because the author did a great job on making the story so compelling and great.
To conclude, in the novel; The Bitter Side of Sweet, 2 brothers have to escape the modern era of slavery to reunite with their family.