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Miles Morlaes: Spiderman, by Jason Reynolds — November 17, 2018

Miles Morlaes: Spiderman, by Jason Reynolds

download (1)Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a superhero, but he must come to terms with his identity – and deal with a villainous teacher as the new Spiderman.

Today I’m going to try and do something new. I’m going to try and write a bullet point review. I used to do these, and I’m ready to try again. Once. Either way, I really liked Miles Morales: Spiderman but it wasn’t as entertaining as I wanted it to be. I couldn’t relate to Miles as much as I hoped that I would. I also couldn’t understand some of the lingo.

Pros:

  • The plot – I was engrossed in the plot and couldn’t wait for the next action scenes!!! Everything was very intense and I couldn’t wait to see what Miles would do next.
  • The family aspect – Miles was always talking to his parents and he considered them before acting. The Morales family had dinner every Sunday and seemed like a real family. That is always so much better than the absentee parent trope.
  • The villains – The villain(s) were so unique and I have never read anything like them. I loved their symbols the most though. I hope that there is a sequel so that I know what happened to the villain(s).
  • The humor – All of the humor in this book was very well-written and had me laughing a lot. Once, I laughed so hard that I fell out of my chair!!!!
  • Miles – I enjoyed reading this book from Miles’s perspective, even if I didn’t understand most of his dialect. Miles was a good kid and one that I think will change the world someday.
  • The friendships – The friendships in this book were so genuine and I loved that so so much!!! All of the friendships in this book touched my heart because of their actions.

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Cons 

  • The romance – Miles’s relationship with the love interest seemed too forced. I liked the love interest in her own, but when she was with Miles everything seemed fake.
  • The dialogue – Sometimes I couldn’t understand what Miles and his friends were saying. I don’t think that is a particularly bad thing, but it did irritate me. I haven’t been to Brooklyn, so I don’t understand their dialect at all.
  • The ending – The ending just seemed to clear cut to me. The usual superhero ending happened and it just. . . fell flat for me. I wanted to connect with it, but I just couldn’t.
  • The “Showtime” – Showtime just felt wrong to me. I understand why it happened and the boy’s situation. But I still couldn’t connect with it. There wasn’t enough description for me to really connect.
  • The tragic backstory – That was mostly left in the dark. Miles gave the bare minimum and nothing more. I get that it was an uncomfortable topic, but Jason still could have explained it better through a flashback.

This wasn’t my favorite Jason Reynolds book, but I did enjoy it. I highly recommend it to all Spiderman fans. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely — November 11, 2018

All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

download (1)When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn’s alternating viewpoints.

This book was perfect!!! It is definitely life-changing, especially if you’re Caucasian. It opened my eyes to how police brutality affects everyone in the community, not just the cop and the victim. All of the characters were very realistic and they all were amazing. The plot really moved me and the writing style was amazing and showed what happens when to great authors work together.

The writing style was very striking. I was hooked on their writing from the very first page and I hope that Jason and Brendan keep working together so that I can read more of their writing. Their writing was very different from what Jason writes when he writes alone. I was surprised because I couldn’t tell who had written what chapter. I thought that it would be easy to tell that Jason wrote from Rashad’s perspective and that Brendan wrote from Quinn’s perspective. I had to read a little bit of the book to get used to the style, but I loved it by the end.

Rashad and Quinn were such great characters. They were two teenagers who had only passed each other in high school hallways and were suddenly thrown together during this horrific event. I loved how detailed Rashad, Quinn, and all of the side characters were. It made me more interested in the story and I couldn’t wait to learn more about the characters. I was very interested in the way that the school was divided about the incident. It seemed very real to me and I think that what happened at Rashad’s and Quinn’s high school could happen at any high school.

The police brutality and the aftereffects were very well written. I was enraptured in the scenes where they talked about it and how everyone was reacting. The reactions of the some of the people that were involved in the incident appalled me. I was heartbroken for Rashad and I hope that someday soon, African Americans will be able to walk safely in the streets. I was very glad about the ending. It was the perfect way to close All American Boys. I was very impressed with how Rashad and everyone else reacted to the police and it broke my heart. No one should have to go through that.

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The plot was very heartbreaking. I cried a lot during this book because of what characters were doing to Rashad and Quinn. I like to think that I would be like them. I hope that I would be. Even though most of Rashad’s perspective was spent in a hospital bed, I still felt the most moved by it. Quinn was more irritating to read through, but I understood where he was coming from. I hope that Brendan and Jason write more together.

This book was amazing and I highly recommend it and anything by either of these two authors. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds — May 25, 2018

Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds

downloadAs Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

This book was amazing and I can’t wait to read the rest of Mr. Reynolds’ works in the future. Especially since I am meeting Mr. Reynolds at BookCon. This book was very real. I loved how it dealt with the grief of Will. It seemed like actual grief and the desire for revenge (then again I have never had a sibling murdered so I can’t judge this very accurately). The plot and the setting were all done very well also. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should keep reading.

The characters were very realistic, which I thought wouldn’t be the case because this story was written in prose and I wondered how I could connect with the characters. Actually, I’m not sure what this story would have been like without the prose. It would be very different, that’s for sure. Will changed a lot over the course of the book, I liked him and the way that he talked very much. I grew attached to all of them and was quite sad when the story was over.

My favorite character was probably Will. He had to do this terrible thing to carry out for revenge and then these ghosts showed up. Will reacted extremely well. He told his story with honesty and feeling. I loved hearing about his life and his reasoning skills. He was also very good at anagrams, a skill I wish I could pick up. I liked how he talked to the ghosts and accepted them, instead of just trying to kill them, like I would’ve done. I admired Will’s accepting abilities and how he could talk to anyone.

The plot was very interesting. It took place in the time span of sixty seconds. Normally, I would be bored out of my mind, or wondering how a 300 page book could take place in a minute. Well, it can. And it can be excellent. The plot had a lot of talking and thinking. Usually, I would be bored out of my mind. But Mr. Reynolds somehow made it seem interesting. The plot was one of the most interesting contemporary plot that I have ever read. Mainly, because there was pretty much no romance. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy romance, but sometimes I get tired of it. I loved the plot and can’t wait to read more of his books.

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The setting was very interesting. It explained the backstory and it described the elevator very well. Of course, the elevator was the primary setting so it was described very well. It was described so well that I never want to be an elevator again, I have had enough elevators for a lifetime, and I didn’t even have to be an elevator to get tired of them. I think that was very impressive.

I loved this book very much and couldn’t get enough of it. I can’t wait to read more of his books. I highly recommend this book. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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