MY NAME IS HARLEM
ACTION DETECTIVE DRAMA FAMILY RELIGIOUS CHILDREN'S YOUNG ADULT ADVENTURE SUSPENSE/THRILLER
1940s & '50s,1960s & '70s
Harlem Rose O'Brannan is a biracial child, being raised by a single mother in Bronx, New York in the 1950's. Harlem's mother's aspirations for her and her child to leave the crime and violence of the city is cut short. Harlem's life takes a huge turn when an unforeseeable event changes her life.
Harlem's mother is calling her to get up to school for her first day at St. Anthony's Catholic School in Bronx. Her neighbor, Doris questions her as to why she wants Harlem to attend an all white Catholic School. The answer is plain and simple- Harlem will be a doctor one day
The year is 1974, graduation night at West Virginia Medical College. Harlem is on stage to receive her medical degree. She reflects upon her life from Bronx until the time she met her Grandfather the day the bus pulled into Kolter and memories of Sister Delores, Office Lopez and Mr. Abermann.
Bronx, New York and the fictional town of Kolter, West Virginia
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Plot - Other Elements
Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist
Mature Audience Themes
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Main Character Details
Name: Harlem Rose O'Brannan
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Aggressive,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Obedient,Religious,Selfless,Skillful,Funny,Educated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Underdog
Additional Character Details
Name: Sister Delores
Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Religious,Obedient,Selfless,Outspoken,Strong Moral Code
Additional Character Details
Name: Brady O'Brannan
Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Honorable,Masculine,Selfless,Skillful,Strong Moral Code
Additional Character Details
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Harlem Rose O'Brannan is a biracial child being raised by a single mother in Bronx, New York in the 1950's. The ideas instilled in Harlem by her mother were to get a good education, work hard for what you want in life, to be an honest person and to be proud of who you are. Above all else, her mother never wanted her to give up her dream of becoming a doctor. Harlem prayed for her and her mother to be able to leave the projects one day and to be away from the gang violence and random shootings. Harlem's prayer got answered, but it wasn't the answer she prayed for. She did leave the projects, but without her mother. But because of the compassion and acceptance of a nun and a New York City Police Officer, she was saved and escaped the foster care system. Harlem's grandfather, whom neither she nor he ever knew each other even existed, was later found. Harlem went to live with her grandfather in Kolter, West Virginia. There were several challenges for her to face in this segregated town, but she accepted them with dignity and self-respect.
DRAMA, SUSPENSE, ROMANCE
In the 1950s, Harlem becomes an orphan when her mother is killed by mistake in a gang confrontation. She has to stay with a grandfather she didn't even know existed. They rapidly bond, and since she has black heritage, he helps her to enroll in a segregated school and to fight against prejudice in a conservative little town. Together, they overcome a deadly challenge and live a happy life, with Harlem ending up a doctor, as her mother always dreamed her to be.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
Yes, it does depict the book properly.
Draw of Story
The fact that it is a story about a courageous and intelligent young child having to deal with racism and prejudice so early in her life.
Sometimes the characters are portrayed under an exaggeratedly Manichean light, with villains that feel like caricatures. Maybe the characters could have some more depth to them, even the evil ones.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
Themes of prejudice based on race and weight, the story of an old man who finds love again, and the main narrative about a child that loses one family, but ends up finding another of her choice.
Possibly, since it's a very dramatic and engaging book.
It could, if the character development is a little further explored.
Similar Films/TV Series
IT REMINDED ME OF THE MOVIE KRAMER VS. KRAMER, IN THE SENSE THAT A CHILD AND AN ADULT MAN HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO DEVELOP A WORKING PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIP IN THE ABSENCE OF THE MOTHER, AND ALSO THE FILM THE HATE U GIVE, IN WHICH A YOUNG BLACK WOMAN HAS TO DEAL WITH RACISM AND PREJUDICE ISSUES.
What’s New About the Story
The originality comes from the protagonist's profile, a young black child that is so fearless and fierce that she ends up reverting the prejudice with which she is received as she arrives in her new town. In order for the story to become more unique, it would be necessary to further develop some supporting characters' traits and eliminate some clichés.
The young girl Harlem is brave, highly intelligent and determined. Her grandfather Brady has a very good heart, even if he seems a little rough on the outside. He was also scarred by the loss of his former wife and kid, and he was given another opportunity to have a family.
Uniqueness of Story
Not yet, due to some clichés and common places, which could be improved in a revision of the material.
Film - Streaming, Film - Indie
Because it is a book with a lot of heart, and it is well written, with an appeal for the general public looking for a heart-warming story. It also deals with important issues such as racism, prejudice and family. Some of the changes that might be necessary for the possible adaptation, as mentioned before, are the further development of some secondary characters, especially the two main antagonists, that sometimes feel too one-dimensioned. Some dialogue and actions could also be a little more subtle, so that the story and the racism suffered by the protagonist could feel even more realistic and, therefore, more believable.