All American Boys¨Don’t joke. This is Serious.¨
¨I’m not racist!¨
She hesitated, and I sat there, sticking in my own sweat, needing her to say something, Eventually she did.
¨Not like KKK racist,¨ she said. ¨I don’t think most people think they’re racist. But every time something like this happens, you could, like you said, say, ‘Not my problem.’ You could say, ‘It’s a one-time thing.’ Every time it happened.¨
Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn’t matter what Rashad said next—that it was an accident, that he wasn’t stealing—the cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art skills, was absent again…and again…stuck in a hospital room. Why? Because it looked like he was stealing. And he was a black kid in baggy clothes. So he must have been stealing.
And that’s how it started.
And that’s what Quinn, a white kid, saw. He saw his best friend’s older brother beating the daylights out of a classmate. At first Quinn doesn’t tell a soul…He’s not even sure he understands it. And does it matter? The whole thing was caught on camera, anyway. But when the school—and nation—start to divide on what happens, blame spreads like wildfire fed by ugly words like “racism” and “police brutality.” Quinn realizes he’s got to understand it, because, bystander or not, he’s a part of history. He just has to figure out what side of history that will be.
Rashad and Quinn—one black, one white, both American—face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. There’s a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world.
Cuz that’s how it can end
Review: I first saw this book on Alex and Belindas online book club called @diversifytheverse. I finally picked up the book and I started to read it: here is my thoughts. So for this book it took me awhile to get into it, but once I got into it I loved it. This book made me feel a lot of emotions. I really loved how in the book you got point of view of a black person and of a white person. It makes you think about how quickly you judge a person by appearance.
Rate: 4.5 stars
Would I recommend? Yes.
What age group do I recommend it for? I put this more in the teen/ya area.
Update: Little short review. I am super excited for my new posting schedule so stay on the lookout for these types of post. I am super excited for tomorrow’s post so stay on the lookout for that. I really hope you guys had a great weekend! See you in the next post, Adios!