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What are your overall thoughts (SPOILERS)?
Good book. I read it almost in one sitting.
I did find it a bit stereotypical, but the message did come across.
I think that the story allowed a much deeper meaning than just black and white surface conflict. There were no good guys, no heroes.
Every character had flaws. Each was guilty in his own way.
The book did show that racism isn't a one way street. Blacks are just as racist as whites.
This reminds me of something I saw regarding someone very popular in social media. Its funny how we say and do things sometimes not realizing how they can affect others. This book brings that home for sure. Lets be more compassionate and aware of criticizing, profiling, and definitely stereotypical attitudes. Why? because there may be a child listening. That child may walk away thinking they are unworthy and not good enough. I am reminded of a sad statement from a child, " I am ugly so I should just die". Repeating, "Lets be aware of criticizing, profiling, and definitely stereotypical attitudes. There may be a child listening.
I enjoyed the book and it is a good reminder that when young people from different backgrounds are in situations where they are put together (and I think this can happen in secondary school sports and clubs) they can get past their outward appearances and get to know each other for what they have in common. It is a reminder to start out believing that basically all people are good and want the same things.
Having recently finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, I really enjoyed this read. The two authors (one black, one white) worked well together to bring this story forward. I feel the collaboration between the authors was amazing. The each presented a different point of view to the story. I appreciate that there was little foul language as it isn't necessary to tell a story. I would let my 12 yo read this book while I wouldn't let her read The Hate U Give. I listened to this as an Audiobook and the two readers were amazing and couldn't stop listening. I started it Sunday and finished it Monday. They really presented the book well. I could easily see this book with a sequel. I would love to hear how the relationship with the two main characters develop after what happened to them throughout the night. I hope the authors continue to do more work together.
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