Overall, this book was amazing and I recommend it to anyone and everyone. It appeals to many and should be required reading in schools and for adults.
It's a great tool to educate oneself and examine what has, unfortunately, become a part of our country's history. I commend Reyolds and Kiely on this beautiful, true, passionate, engaging, and honest work of art. This book is told through the perspective of two high school boys - the victim being black and the witness being white. Rashad, the victim, is brutally beaten by a white cop and this beating is witness by Quinn, a white classmate. That night, both their lives changed. Through those changes, their classmates, teachers, and even town, sees how torn racism can change people.
If everyone could see how a peaceful protest is so much better than the violence we have seen on TV. Stand up peacefully for the things you believe in. It was great to read how, in the end, everyone of all races, came together to help stand up for Rashad and many others that were "absent again today". Will be recommending this book to our high school readers. This book was a tough one because of the topic: police brutality. It gives viewpoints from both the victim, Rashed, and a a close friend of the police officer, Quinn.
As Rashed struggles with why this happened and wanting things just to get back to normal, Quinn is struggling with loyalty and doing what is right. This book is so in-credibly well written and gives voices to a very important topic. He wasn't strong because he wasn't afraid. No, he was strong because he kept doing it even though he was afraid. Say what? To hold your head up?
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That everything would be okay? Baby, I could tell by the look on your face that you ain't need none of that. Sometimes, when people get treated as less than human, the best way to help them feel better is to simply treat them as human. Not as victims. Just you as you. Rashad Butler, before all this. They were probably afraid, too. Afraid of people like Paul.
Afraid of cops in general. Hell, they were probably afraid of people like me.
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I didn't blame them. I'd be afraid too, even if I was a frigging house like Tooms. But I didn't have to be because my shield was that I was white.
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I felt like I'd been doing the same damn thing the last couple of days--trying to stare so hard at my own two feet so I wouldn't have to look up and see what was really going on. And while I'd been doing that, I'd been walking in the wrong directions.
I didn't want to walk away anymore. But here are the words that kept ricocheting around me all day: Nobody says the words anymore, but some how the violence still remains. If I didn't want the violence to remain, I had to do a hell of a lot more than just say the right things and not say the wrong things. Well, stop lying. Stop lying. Rashad's own father was a police officer who found himself drowning in his own racial stereotyping. Written in the two voices by the two authors, this story does not take the easy way out.
It presents all of the facets of prejudice and choices. It's an outstanding book for any discussion group.
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All American Boys. Write Review Add to favorites. Book Information Reading Level. Jason Reynolds. United States. User reviews Have you read this book? Its three stars are no surprise and well-deserved for this raw and emotionally honest book. I have no doubt that All American Boys will be life changing for some readers.
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For those who are already all too familiar with these topics, they may find catharsis by identifying with one of the main characters. His authorial voice is strong and he has a remarkable ability to create authentic teen dialogue. As narrator, Rashad may be the least interesting of the characters in his sections, which really says more about the richness of the supporting cast than anything about Rashad. His confusion and reluctance to be at the center of a movement is thoughtfully portrayed.
Like, what are we looking through? A telescope? A peephole? The sight of a gun? The way that the video of Rashad goes viral, the creation of RashadIsAbsentAgainToday, and the student-led protest all ring true. This half of the story is strong work from Reynolds, who continues to be a fascinating and exciting author to watch.
After the first third of the novel, I lost interest in Quinn and his story. Comment should not be empty!!! Get connected. Join our global community of more than , librarians and educators. Log In. Invalid email or password. Try again.