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All American Boys

Narrated by: Guy Lockard, Keith Nobbs
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (901 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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

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Required Reading

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.

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It was a unforgettable story and experience.

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

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good

It was a nice compelling story but it needs more depth to it more explanation into some of the characters and situations

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Beautiful, gripping, important

Everyone should read this book. So important. It made me cry...and laugh out loud. This performance is incredible too. Highly recommend.

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  • Candik24
  • ANN ARBOR, MI, United States
  • 02-17-19

Thought provoking

This was an excellent book. It reminded me of of The Hate You Give in that we, white people, have no clue about what a young black man fears every day when a cop is in sight. We will never have to give the “black boy speech” to our sons telling them exactly what to do to not be beaten or killed when a cop stops you. In this book we see a glimpse of what a cop, black or white, goes through when making quick decisions and how easily a black cop can racially profile a black kid as easily as a white cop. That made me think. I have no idea what a police officer goes through every day and the decisions they make and the huge amount of pressure they face to keep us safe. There Are bad cops as there are bad people. I think it is fear most of the time as the book points out. Good book for YA and older. Should be read in every high school.

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  • Jami
  • VICTOR, NY, United States
  • 01-14-19

Timely Subject Matter

This was an excellent and timely story that is definitely thought provoking. It is told from the points of view of the Black male who was beaten by a police officer and the White male who witnessed it. The incident goes viral, and whole school becomes involved and takes sides. The narration really brought this to life for me; i'm not sure whether it would have had the same impact in print form.

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Recommended for teens

I recommend this book to older viewers (teens), but I had to read it for one of my classes. I would say it is an easy read/listen. Since there are two main characters, Rashad and Quinn, there were two narrators. Both did an excellent job at reading their parts and I could really picture imagery as though the characters were real. It was like they were talking to me/ the reader.

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Loved the Story !!

Liked how story gave a police officers perspective. Although sometimes shootings are motivated by race, they are also motivated by fear.

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A true classic!

I absolutely loved this story! It was very raw and honest. I enjoyed the way the characters developed throughout the story.

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Wow!

I love books that provide 2 perspectives of similar events. Whether the event is historical, a mystery, or a present day conflict. Those stories provide a great understanding of events.