It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4-24-17
Yes…… I know that today is Sunday. However, I thought that I would post this today instead as I was excited to complete my reading for the week! And yes….. I realize that we aren’t required to post a Monday blog this week, but again….. I was excited to complete my reading for the week!
This week I tackled two books that both dealt with emotional issues that teens may face. One dealt with friendship while the other dealt with the realization that prejudice still exists in our world. I enjoyed both books.
One Moment by Kristina McBride
Teenagers seem to feel as though they are invincible. Joey, the “perfect boyfriend” is no different. Kristina McBride takes the reader on a journey of dealing with loss when Joey loses his life in front of his five best friends. How will each person deal with the loss? Everyone must cope in their own way. And throughout that journey of discovery, girlfriend Maggie learns that Joey wasn’t so perfect after all. McBride’s story is a true discovery of how friendships can shift and change over time, especially in the face of tragedy. A great read!
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
Picture this…. Two boys. One white. One black. Do you react to them differently if you see them on the street? Would the police react to them differently if they saw them? I would like to say that I wouldn’t. However, Quinn felt that way too until he saw his best friend’s brother beating a black teen named Rashad outside a convenience story. His brother’s friend Paul had helped to raise him and he thought that he trusted him completely. So the beating was justified right? Or was it? This story takes us on a journey from the perspective of both Quinn (white) and Rashad (black). Quinn struggles with why Paul would do such a thing, and he realizes that what he did was wrong. And Rashad has to deal with the physical and emotional trauma of what has happened to him in addition to understanding the bombshell that his father shares with him. Would you have the courage to stand up for what was right regardless of someone else’s differences from you? These “All American Boys” both show strength in the face of tremendous adversity.
ANTICIPATED READING FOR THIS WEEK:
- Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur
- A Not-So-Simple Life by Melody Carlson
I just checked my Goodreads account. WOW!!!! I knew that I was reading a great deal this semester, but counting picture books I logged 72 books!!!! That’s the most I’ve read in a semester in years!!!!!
ONWARD to Summer!!!! More reading to come!!!! 😊