The Freedom Writers Diary

The Freedom Writers Diary

by

Erin Gruwell

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Cheryl Best Character Analysis

Cheryl Best grew up in the projects, in a world filled with violence and negativity. After being kidnapped and almost killed, Cheryl decides to use this horrific experience as a motivation to escape the dangers of her neighborhood and set herself on a path to success. She succeeds in attending college and graduating with honors. Her tale of determination, self-confidence, and hard work inspires the Freedom Writers to fight for their own education and professional success.
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Cheryl Best Character Timeline in The Freedom Writers Diary

The timeline below shows where the character Cheryl Best appears in The Freedom Writers Diary. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part VII: Diary 99
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When she meets Cheryl Best, these thoughts change drastically. This woman, who also grew up in the projects, decided... (full context)
Education and Healing Theme Icon
Violence, War, and Death  Theme Icon
After surviving this ordeal, Cheryl went to college, where she graduated with honors. This student feels deeply inspired by Cheryl’s... (full context)