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All American Boys
All American Boys | Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teensone black, one whitegrapple 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. Thats all sixteen-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 Rashads pleadings that hes stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashads resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashads 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 Collinsa varsity basketball player and Rashads classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistanand 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 teamhalf of whom are Rashads best friendsstart 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.
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sprainedbrain
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My #AuthorAMonth selection for the fantastic Jason Reynolds was actually co-authored by him and Brendan Kiely. In the vein of The Hate U Give and I‘m Not Dying with You Tonight, this is a powerful YA about two teenagers (one white, one black) directly impacted by police brutality on an unarmed black kid. It‘s poignant and directly addresses racism and prejudice from various angles.

Really good on audio with dual narrators.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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DHill
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A compelling start for #AuthorAMonth .

Addison_Reads Such a great book. 5mo
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MissKane
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So-so for the adult crowd but absolutely a pick for the student crowd. I think everyone would benefit from reading this and The Hate U Give.

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MissKane
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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” - Desmond Tutu

I know I‘m tardy to the party on reading All American Boys by Jason Reynolds but it was a fantastic quick read and provides an eye opening experience for students of all backgrounds. It especially teaches the great lesson of using our voices to fight back against injustice around the world.

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This is very well done. Everyone should read this book

WanderingBookaneer Agreed 14mo
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Zoe-h
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Read for #BannedBookWeek

Challenged for profanity, drug use, alcoholism, because it was used to promote anti-police views, contains divisive topics, and is “too much of a sensitive matter right now”.

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Branwen
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Chaplin says, NO MORE BANNED BOOKS! PROTECT OUR FREEDOM TO READ! 😸💕📚

Banned Books Week: Day 6!

This is another book that made the list of the top 10 most banned books in 2020. This was due to people claiming it 'promotes anti-police views.' Banning these types of books is SO harmful because if we don't read these books and have discourse about all the racial injustices in this country, how are we supposed to learn and make ourselves better?

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Rachiiebookdragon
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Read the Kindle version which only came out this year. I found this book to be important and it brought up important issues, was a interesting read but left me feeling a bit flat upon finishing it,
I didn‘t love it as much I wanted to, THUG did this storyline better, although that book gives a different take.

3.5/5

Read for the #PopSugarReadingChallenge2021

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GatheringBooks
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LaraReads
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I‘m on a serious Jason Reynolds kick after finishing his Stamped Remix (which I haven‘t been able to put into words how phenomenal I thought it was, listening straight through twice). This is the story of two high school boys, one black, one white, dealing with the fallout of police brutality. This & the events of this last week reminded me yet again how many more names could be added to this protest sign from last summer. It‘s heartbreaking.

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Amandakay
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Amazing

megnews 😢 2y
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Meghan1
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Book 14 of 2021. A very powerful story of the impact of police brutality on a community. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Butterfinger
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Thank you @kimmypete1 for everything. I love it all. I adore Jason Reynolds and I have been wanting to read Ta-Nahesi Coates. And, I love decorative pillows and my t-shirt.

Thank you @Chelleo for organizing. I appreciate both of you.

Chelleo What an adorable #BlitsySwap model 😍 Great picks! 2y
Scochrane26 I adore Coates but haven‘t read the one pictured yet. I‘ve learned so much from him. 2y
Scochrane26 I also love Reynolds. 2y
kimmypete1 Yay!! I have read The Beautiful Struggle, but All American Boys was one of my top books I read last year. Hope you enjoy them! 2y
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DKelley13
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An amazingly relevant book to teach adolescents about social justice. The coauthors seamlessly bring together stories of two teenage boys that I feel are incredibly relatable for some of my own students! A good way to help some students cope with what's going on in the world, find connections to bring themselves into the stories, and spark a dialogue on difficult topics!

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megnews
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Painful. And my first 5 star read of the year.

Butterfinger Jason Reynolds is one of my automatics. 2y
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monkeygirlsmama 💔 😢 😡 2y
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megnews
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This scene.

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Kangaj1
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Here's my list for #bookspin #doublespin and #bookspinbingo with @TheAromaofBooks

I included the challenges/book groups I am reading with.

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Cosmos_Moon 😔💔 2y
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megnews
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The opening chapter of this book already has my blood boiling for the millions of black boys who have to live under constant suspicion and threat of bodily harm. The first chapter of this book is everything that‘s wrong with race relations and policing in America. The escalation of violence. Over a (not even stolen) bag of chips! A bag of chips!!! 😡 😤

mrp27 Great book. I actually liked this one better than The Hate You Give. 2y
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KristenDuck
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My latest book from Libby... loved it. Couldn‘t ask for a more timely topic.

Rashad is unjustifiably beaten by a police officer and put in the hospital under the assumption he was stealing.

Meanwhile, a peer, Quinn, has his eyes opened when he sees the footage and decides to take a stand for a cause he never knew needed his and so many others‘ support.

This was a book that could generate so much discussion.

And hopefully: changes.

Cortg So good! I got a chance to hear both authors talk about it after reading it and it was kinda awesome! 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess It is so good! @Cortg I remember that day! It was fun! 2y
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UnabridgedPod
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I re-read Jason Reynolds's and Brendan Kiely's All American Boys as part of the Unabridged Podcast Buddy Read this month. I could not have anticipated how much it would resonate as we finished the second half this week.⠀

The book is told from alternating perspectives. Rashad, a Black teenager, heads to a local convenience store after school, picking up snacks on his way to a party. In the store, a white woman accidentally trips over his bag, ⬇️

UnabridgedPod and a white police officer sees her fall and immediately assumes both that Rashad was shoplifting and that he was trying to hurt the woman. The police officer then grabs Rashad, pulls him from the store, and beats Rashad badly, continuing to pummel him after he is in handcuffs.⠀

The second perspective comes from Quinn, a white teenager who is a witness to what happens after the officer and Rashad leave the store. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod Quinn is a student at the same high school as Rashad, and they share some friends, though they don't really know each other. Quinn does know the police officer, Paul, who served as a sort of father figure for Quinn after the death of his father in Afghanistan.⠀

The alternating chapters share the perspectives of each boy as he works through the aftermath of the beating. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod For Rashad, he is trying to make sense of what happened to him, trying to confront the vulnerability he feels, and trying to navigate difficult family dynamics. His older brother Spoony wants to protest, while his father, a retired police officer, questions what Rashad did to bring on the event. Quinn's point of view is quite different as he struggles with the right thing to do, the right side to be on, the right way to look at the world. ⬇️ 2y
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UnabridgedPod He has to confront his privilege and to reflect on who he admires and why.

Though this book is not long, it is so powerful. I appreciated so much about it the first time through, but it had even more impact this time. Both authors do a brilliant job developing their characters with nuance, with tough love, and with grace for what they have to learn. ⬇️
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Freespirit Your book reviews are always brilliant. 2y
UnabridgedPod @Freespirit Thank you so much!! ❤️ 2y
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OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼📚🙌🏼 2y
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JenReadsAlot
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The two books I've read by #JasonReynolds. Read tagged book recently so very timely. #AugustAuthors @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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kimmypete1
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Highly recommend. Well written, unfortunately still timely considering it was written 5 years ago, and brought out the feels.

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DebbieGrillo
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Even though this was published in 2015, the story is even more applicable today, and that is a tragedy. My hope is that in another five years this will be more historical than current. If you're interested in the overwhelming need for police reform and equality for all, this book is for you. As someone with obvious white privilege, the message to me is to remember that SILENCE IS VIOLENCE!

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DebbieGrillo
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"Who am I if I need to be shocked back into my best self?"

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JenReadsAlot
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Very good.
Another square for #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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Peaceful_Reader
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This is a perfect book to read right now as we learn to become allies in the BLM Movement. Jason Reynolds is an amazing writer.

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Emily92Bibliophile
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“If you are neutral in situations of Injustice,you have chosen the side of the Oppressor.”- Desmond Tutu ✊🏻What. A. Book. What an author. What a time to be reading this one finally💙I held off reading this book prior to the events Of the past couple of months because of the uncomfortable/ hard topic. That, my friends, was/is the privilege my skin color gave me. To put aside books about very real issues until I was ready and comfortable. No more.

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JenReadsAlot
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Watching this discussion from Library of Congress website. Just ordered tagged book as well!

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Peaceful_Reader
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This should be required reading in today‘s middle and high schools. The two narrators and Quinn‘s eventually transformation demonstrates how we can change minds. #BLM

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TheBookKeepers
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Really enjoyed this read along with my hubs. He doesn‘t read a lot of fiction, but we both flew through this story. Told from the POV of two different teenagers (each author wrote on behalf of one boy respectively). The story flowed very well and I didn‘t want it to end.

TheBookKeepers (Extended review is on my blog - linked in bio) 2y
GardenJess This is one of my favorites! 2y
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I don‘t want to say too much because this is a #LMPBC book, but this is a pick and one I‘ll especially recommend to the teen friends in my life.

This was also my belated March bookspin book @TheAromaofBooks

LiteraryinLawrence Jason Reynolds is always so good. 3y
TheAromaofBooks #BookSpin and #LMPBC all in one go! Great work! Is it an #LMPBC book that I get to read, or for a different group?? 3y
Bookwormjillk @TheAromaofBooks different group, but worth the read if you run across it! 3y
TheAromaofBooks I'll check it out!! 3y
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All American Boys (Reprint) | Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely

Genre: Young adult fiction
Date Started: March 5th, 2020
Date Completed: N/A
pages:316 pages
How did you choose this book: This book was recommended to me by a teacher.

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Aswenson
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Excellent read. I like the duel narratives of Rashad and Quinn and Quinn‘s struggle trying to face reality and accept it or understand it.

Tamra Can‘t go wrong with Reynolds! 3y
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This book was representing all the racism that was happening in this world. It was about this black guy getting tackled by a white cop because the cop thought he was stealing but he wasn't. Another teen from the same school named Quinn saw the tragedy happen and he realized that the cop who broke the boys scull was Quins friends. Then the young teens tried solving the problem. THE BOOK WAS AROUND 300 PAGES BUT I ONLY READ 200.

andre12soosay damnnn 3y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3y
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I started this today. I finished this today. I could not put it down. Two boys, one Black and a victim of police brutalitu, the other white a witness to the beating who considers the cop to be family. A whirlwind. Really well done. The narratives weaved in and out brilliantly. I loved this. It takes such a great look at race and being a teenager trying to understand and graps whats happening in this country. Highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hooked_on_books I‘ve read a couple of his and I‘m a believer. He‘s so good. His stuff is visceral. 3y
TheNextBook @Hooked_on_books I‘m a huge Reynolds fan and so is the kid. I‘ve met him a few times and he is absolutely amazing. 3y
jmtrivera This book is so, so good! 3y
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Reading_in_the_meadow
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Rashad is absent again today.

This book had been on my tbr forever! I'm so glad I finally got around to reading it. It is right up there with The Hate You Give. It should be required reading in high school. Another great example of a story told in alternating perspectives, it tells about Rashad's brutal treatment at the hands of a white police officer.

Reading_in_the_meadow My son has a few years before he will be able to process this, but it is already in the stack of books I've set aside to share with him. 3y
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jadeleon
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This book was amazing. Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely's alternating voices created REAL characters that anyone and everyone can identify with while reading. This book is not just important for one person to read, but for everyone to read.

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💕📖💕 3y
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Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 3y
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Reminded me a little of The Hate U Give. Probably my favorite aspect of this novel is the title and how it explores the idea of “all American boys,” whatever their skin color. Fairly realistic as far as I can tell. I am proud to say that this is one we have at our high school library. #vhsreads #viloniareads

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Jacki_Reads
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Such a great book to start summer reading. I was very sad when it ended, because I feel like I wanted to know these characters even more! A relatable story that is current with social issues — a fantastic read!

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Jacki_Reads
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Starting my summer reading with a book that a few of my students loved — All American Boys! I have a shoebox full of books that I hope read this summer... and maybe a few more from Amazon or the library. 😜 Happy Summer!

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Such a well done book. I picked this up for my 13 yr old nephew to read, but I got to it before him. Now I keep pestering him to read this book!

I loved the two different perspectives of the boys throughout the story. If you enjoyed The Hate You Give or Dear Martin, read this book.

I've said this before, but Jason Reynolds is an incredible author. I'm thankful that young people today have his voice to help them through difficult times.

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Will I ever learn to not start a new book before bed? The answer rhymes with “go.” #eyeswideopen #teamnosleep

Thank you @LaraReads 😃 I‘m already enjoying this treat from you!

LaraReads Lol! Yes, we all fall victim to the “I‘ll just start 1 chapter” lie! 🤣 4y
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I literally just pushed play and I have this gut sinking feeling that I‘ll be in tears when all is said and done. 😭 #jasonreynolds #buddyread