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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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Sad but true

This is a really good book that everybody should read. Unfortunately it is sad but true

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Truth

This book reveal so many things from the point of view of two people in two different circumstances which ultimately led to truth.

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Can’t put it down

This book was great and a great book for my family. I can’t believe there is a book that I couldn’t put down. This book took me back to the days when I had to read the book cover to cover. Great subject!! Great audio!!! Great message!!!

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truly for young adults

I realize this is a young adult novel, but I was not impressed. It took me awhile to get into the story and the two characters. I finally started to enjoy it Midway through when there was more serious discussion of all of the different reactions surrounding the beating.

However, I think it's an important read especially for younger readers. I could Envision this in a middle school setting with great discussion led by the teacher and the students.

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Real

Excellent narrators and writers! Loved the book! Moved me to Creating more opportunities for dialogues on race!

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great book, changed my life

honestly dont know how to describe it but i see many things differently now. I am a young black (mixed) male and i have seen many forms or racism and been called slurs and others of the sort. im glad this was made to help people see the bigger picture and so that kids know when and if they can speak up or not