Reviews by Tag: racism

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Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Punching the Air

By Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
4
Rated by
Aadit G.
Jun 14, 2022

Rating: 4

My rating for this book is a 4 because the book is really good and has a great plotline.

Summary:

This book is about a black, Muslim teenager who is accused of a crime that he did not commit. He was accused of assaulting a white boy. He then has to go to prison and face consequences over something he did not do.

Recommendation:

Teen Review
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

By Trevor Noah
3
Rated by
Eva K.
May 12, 2022

Born a Crime is a comical and fun read. The book is not that difficult to understand and it is educational as well as an interesting read. The main reason that I didn’t love this book was because even though the story was always interesting I felt like some parts of the book were too repetitive. There were several parts of the book where I felt that Trevor should have described what he did to reach the point of life that he is at now, instead of continuously telling us the stories of his childhood.

Teen Review
Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

Ace of Spades

By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
5
Rated by
Grace K.
Apr 4, 2022

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is SO GOOD. It gives off some Gossip Girl vibes, but itis so much more elevated and extremely intense. I really enjoyed this book because it is dark and mysterious while also being funny and adventurous. It is definitely a unique read and I have never read anything even remotely close to it. It is packed with so many little plots, twists, turns, and epiphanies that I read the whole thing in two days or less. A 100% must-read novel!!

Teen Review
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun

By Lorraine Hansberry
5
Rated by
Geoffrey A.
Jan 31, 2022

A Raisin in the Sun is a 1959 play by Lorraine Hansberry that focuses on an embattled family in south Chicago as they attempt and discuss ways to improve their lives financially after an insurance payout following the death of the patriarch in the family. In this quick but compelling play, Hansberry thoughtfully focuses heavily on racism, housing discrimination, and assimilation.

Teen Review
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

All American Boys

By Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
4
Rated by
John M.
Dec 13, 2021

All American Boys is told from the perspectives of Rashad Butler and Quinn Collins. The story revolves around Rashad getting beaten by police after being suspected of robbery. Both characters struggle with the aftermath of being the victim and witnessing police brutality. Normally I don't opt to read books with more than one perspective, but I genuinely enjoyed reading the stories of Rashad and Quinn. The authors do a great job distinguishing which character the story is being told from.

Teen Review
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

Punching the Air

By Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
5
Rated by
Lisa J.
Nov 7, 2021

16-year-old Amal Shahid is an artist, a poet, a son, a cousin, a student. But in the eyes of the law, he is a monster and nothing more. After a fight in a gentrified neighborhood sends a white boy to the hospital, knocked unconscious, the world turns to Amal to shoulder the blame. He didn’t do it — but to the world, that doesn’t matter. Convicted of the crime and sent to prison, Amal suddenly finds that the weight of prejudice and racism and despair and rage is unbearably suffocating.

Teen Review

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee
5
Rated by
Anonymous
Oct 19, 2021

Citizens of Maycomb are racists and prejudiced. They judge each other by how they look, speak, or what gender they are. After Atticus Finch is asked to defend Tom Robinson, a colored man who is accused of raping a woman, his children learn true lessons, some being that people in Maycomb side with others over others. Essentially, this story depicts a young girl coming-of-age, who is raised into a society where people are not as innocent compared to others. It is up to her father to teach her real life lessons and behaviors.

Teen Review
Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Monster

By Walter Dean Myers
3
Rated by
Nick M.
Oct 6, 2021

Steve Harmon, a 16-year old African-American teenager, is put on trial for the murder of a shopkeeper during a robbery. The book revolves around Steve’s courtroom experience, which he records in his notebook in the shape of a movie script. Multiple people are called as witnesses in the court as the court tries to find out who was guilty of killing the man. Eventually, the court reaches a verdict after witnesses such as Steve’s theater teacher and other people involved in the robbery speak: Steve is not guilty, while the person who actually pulled the trigger, James King, is found guilty.

Teen Review
Finding My Voice by Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Finding My Voice

By Marie Myung-Ok Lee
4
Rated by
Preya N.
Aug 27, 2021

Finding My Voice by Marie Myung-Ok Lee focuses on17-year-old Ellen Sung, the only Korean girl in her small, all-white school in a small, all-white town. While grappling with her parents’ high academic expectations, Ellen also experiences blatant and implicit racism. Time and time again, she catches hissed remarks or sly smirks from other students, yet she doesn’t seem able to speak up against them.

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book Monster

Monster

By Walter Dean Myers
4
Rated by
Afraah H.
Aug 12, 2021

 Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, is a realistic fiction novel about a teenager who is charged with felony murder. The main character, Steve, is abruptly put into prison because he is accused of being part of a plan that went wrong and accidentally killed a store owner. Steve continuously tries to explain to the judge and the jury that he wasn't present at the time of the crime, but because of racial injustice and the people he hangs out with, they find it nearly impossible that he is innocent. This book shows the entire process of the case in much detail with some plot twists.

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