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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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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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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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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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Necessary reading

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.

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Inspiring story&so very relevant to today's world!

Inspiring story tackling issues of prejudice that are very much present in our society and very often subject of news stories. The author is taking us from the different characters' perspective and forces us to consider the question: what would I do if I was in this position?

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Definitely All American Boys

Great view of American lifestyle and influences and perspective in it -- an all american story

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a masterful work full of symbolism

a very well made story. a truely amazing piece filled with symbolism and imagery that sends its readers home with a message

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A Great Read...

This book speaks to the perspectives of the injustice of our time! I want all the young adults I know to read this book.

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Thought it would take me two weeks

It took me two days. Holy shoot. This book was so good. Totally believable and such an important book to read, especially with all the craziness going on in America right now. Jeez. And the alternating narrators and voice actors were perfect. Well done, friends. Well done.