In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens - one black, one white - grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and ultimately the country bitterly divided by racial tension.
A bag of chips. That's all 16-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad's pleadings that he's stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad's resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad's every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?
But there were witnesses: Quinn Collins - a varsity basketball player and Rashad's classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan - and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news, and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team - half of whom are Rashad's best friends - start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.
Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this tour de force shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, the type taken from the headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.
©2015 Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
This should be required reading for all high school students and staff in the US. Facilitated discussions which are open and honest about racism, loyalty, and humanness, among other topics, should be required of all staff and students.
I loved the story of two perspectives and to come together and knowing this happens in the real world and is still happening is very amazing to hear a book about modern day and race
Everyone should read this book. So important. It made me cry...and laugh out loud. This performance is incredible too. Highly recommend.
This book addresses so many of the police brutality issues we are facing, through the eyes of teen boys ok opposite sides. The audio was really well done, both narrators were engaging as was the story itself. Not a lot of easy answers here.
Listened to the book with my fourteen year old daughter. Everyone could benefit from the message of this book. Excellent audio choice - glad I purchased! Don't hesitate - just start listening!
a current"hot topic" as in "black lives matter", All American Boys is the story behind a young black man who is brutally attacked by a policeman, for nothing more than the color of his skin.
The policeman, who a friend and family member to two young white men, takes a back seat to the the two young white men, who just so happen to be on the same basketball team as the innocent black boy who gets attacked
The young black man in question is the son of a policeman himself, a highly regarded player on his schools basketball team and also a member of his schools ROTC . in other words, a upstanding young member of his community.
the two white team members are faced with the question of loyalty. is it more important to be loyal to a family member/friend, or loyal a team member, and which of these two questions is the real meaning of doing the right thing.
I also want to say the reader of this book is outstanding!
The entire book spans only a few days. Written like a slo-mo narrative of a train wreck from which you can't pull away, All American Boys shows you how quickly minds, groups, and organizations unravel into predictable patterns void of empathy and critical thinking, but also highlights the strength of the few strong minded ones that vote and act with their consciousness. Plenty of twists are brought into the mix as characters' pasts influence their present actions, and we witness a perfect sociology storm of racial relations, heavy on real, captivating dialogue. This book is a perfect what if?, a case study we should dissect first and foremost with ourselves, and then those around us.
He captures the mind and emotion of each character very well and does an excellent job with reading their lines
Absolutely made me cry, but also brought on plenty of hopeful deep breaths.
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