Book Review: All American Boys – Where Love of Craft Meets Love of Humanity and Hope | Jennifer Schneider | 3 Min Read

In All American Boys, authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely masterfully craft a story both for and of the ages. Reynolds and Kiely produce a gripping work in the Young Adult genre that simultaneously captures contemporary tensions and captivates readers for all time. Reynolds is a 2015 Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe Award for New Talent awardee and the author of The Boy in the Black Suit. Kiely is the author of The Gospel of Winter and one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adult works awardees in 2015. Both authors are masterful storytellers and All American Boys is a masterful story. 

Enjoy the story of what it is like to grow up in the United States and what it means to be a victim of, witness to, and fighter against racial injustice as it is recounted and shared through the voices of the work’s two principal characters: Rashad and Quinn. The teenage protagonists, who alternate chapters in a dual first-person point of view, are relevant and relatable. Rashad is African American and the victim of police brutality and racism. Quinn is white and an observer of this horrific act. Despite,…

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