Insta Review: Ghost, by Jason Reynolds

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Jason Reynolds, co-author of All American Boys, brings a new story full of racial tension, misunderstandings, and diverse characters struggling to move out of the shadow of stereotypes. Castle "Ghost" Crenshaw is just focused on surviving – it's all we can think about after his father was arrested for chasing him and his mother out of their home with a loaded gun. But when he stumbles upon the track team practice and realizes that there are those that run TOWARDS things instead of just running AWAY, his life starts to change. Ghost had a great plot and would provide an excellent opportunity for discussion, but I didn't enjoy reading it. In the opening pages, Ghost spills what is supposed to be his deepest, darkest secret to the reader without a second thought, which left me feeling confused about his character. From then on, something about the voice kept me at arms' length. I enjoyed his developing relationships with his teammates and loved Coach – but I never recovered from that "wait, what?" in the opening pages. This worthwhile read didn't connect for me, but that doesn't mean it won't for you. #amreading #bookreview #book #librarian #middleschool #ireadya #youngadult #yalit #weneeddiversebooks #runner #run #youngadultbooks

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