Punching the Air

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
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Mar 28, 2022

Amal Shahid winds up in jail when he is accused of a crime he may or may not have committed. When in prison, he is given lots of time to think of the root of his problems, what he should be thankful for, and how much he loves his main talent: art. Through his artistic ability, Amal learns to cope with his sorrows as well as make new friends behind bars.

I enjoyed this book a lot because whenever something seemed to get solved, two new problems would prop up, like a literary hydra. The main lesson(s) of the story is to not take things for granted and to have control over your emotions.

Written by
Rishi S.

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