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All American Boys


All American Boys

Authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely successfully pursue two different characters, Quinn (white) and Rashad (African American) in their new novel ALL AMERICAN BOYS. The colloquial diction in the book perfectly expresses the thoughts of two high school teenagers who think about normal things like basketball, school and girls. The only exception is this huge society divider called race. Just as the back cover says, “racism didn’t die after the civil rights movement” and racial profiling runs rampant.

Never before has a novel been so spot-on in terms of modern social issues.

Through ALL AMERICAN BOYS, the authors show young readers that the struggles for African Americans still exist. With recent police brutality incidents and dead African American teens, this novel highlights what it means to get involved. Rashad is in the hospital with severe injuries for no reason; he was attacked for looking suspicious, and is now an innocent victim for a crime that he didn’t commit. Quinn has no clue who Rashad is, and his role model is the one who beat up Rashad. As a result, Quinn doesn’t know what side to be on. His indecision drives the plot for the entire novel.

Never before has a novel been so spot-on in terms of modern social issues. ALL-AMERICAN BOYS makes so many parallels between fiction and reality; what’s on the news becomes all too real of a nightmare. Also, Reynolds and Kiely make their characters incredibly relatable, helping to successfully capture their audience.

I would recommend this book to all young adults. ALL-AMERICAN BOYS is wonderful because typical high school students struggling to find their identities can relate. Just like Quinn, young adults will gain some perspective on current social issues that may convince them to get involved.

Reviewed by Yasemin B. on October 7, 2015

All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

  • Publication Date: August 29, 2017
  • Genres: Coming of Age, Youth Fiction
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
  • ISBN-10: 1481463349
  • ISBN-13: 9781481463348