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Kinda Like Brothers Hardcover – August 26, 2014
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"Readers who have been with Tyrell from the beginning as well as those meeting him for the first time will be utterly invested in his future." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Tyrell tells his own story in language that never misses in its gritty authenticity." -- BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
"A compelling tale of a teen still trying to make the right choices despite the painful consequences." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Booth paints a vivid picture of urban African American life." -- VOYA
Praise for Coe Booth's TYRELL:
A 2007 LA TIMES Book Prize Winner for Young Adult Fiction
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
"A gritty and gripping first novel." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
* "Heartbreakingly realistic. . . . Unlike many books reflecting the contemporary street scene, this one is more than just a pat situation with a glib resolution; it's filled with surprising twists and turns that continue to the end." -- BOOKLIST, starred review
"The definitive tale of the modern African American urban youth." -- VOYA
Top Customer Reviews
Jarrett's mom is a foster mother for babies, but when a special case comes her way she can't turn down the babies older brother as well, after all it is only for a few days until they find another foster home, so Jarrett is told. Now Jarrett is stuck sharing his room, friends, and life with the older, cooler, smarter Kevon and it has been a lot more than a few days. Will they ever learn to get along or will Kevon's dad come to get him and his little sister Treasure first?
This really is a awesome book and if you get it through kindle you can pick up the audible.com version as well discounted and I must say the narrator John Clarence Stewart Does a outstanding job, well worth it, he was awesome!
This book was enjoyable. I had some problems with it, but overall I found it to be an easy and fast read. Ok, these kids HATE each other. I could not STAND it. Jarrett does this, so Kevon does that and Jarrett gets him back and it’s not my fault it’s his fault. AAAAAAAHHHHHHH. “Why does he have to share a room with me?” Me: “Why are you so selfish? He came from bad circumstances and ALL HE DOES IS SHARE A ROOM WITH YOU. Oh. My. Gosh” *end rant* Other than the aforementioned craziness, I did actually think this book was great. It was a nice story, and I loved how real it was. You connected with the characters (even if two of them could be jerks) and I really liked Kevon’s sister, Treasure. she is kinda sorta really cute. Even though I had problems with the characters, I understand that the book was ABOUT trying to be friends and kinda being like brothers. The back is why I picked this up at BEA: “Kinda Like Friends. Kinda Like Enemies. Kinda Like Brothers.” I just love that. So, this book did well emphasizing how people can be ignorant and could care less about someone else, and it shows you that if you just dislike someone just because, it will lead you nowhere. The book conveyed its message.
8.25 out of 10 Xander
Thank you, NetGalley and Scholastic, for this free book to review!
For some reason, I really relate to characters who are religiously or culturally different than me and struggle in school (this also happened in Playing With Matches). I just do.
That really says something on Coe Booth's part. She managed to make an eleven year old boy relatable. Man. I've got a ton of respect for this author; she writes emotion so well.
I kept waiting for something drastic to happen, but it never came. There was excitement, yeah, but some unmet potential with Kevon's dad. Then again, this book is geared toward a younger audience, so maybe it was perfect.
Also, why was Qasim stopped by the police? Everyone said it was for no good reason, the police just did that because, being black, he looked suspicious. Writing about racial prejudice can be a good thing, but this didn't advance the plot.
Would I read other books by this author? Most likely. Maybe one for a slightly older audience though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As usual Coe Booth is able to tell the story through the eyes of the main character in intricate detail. Read morePublished 15 months ago by QueenSASH
The story dealt with both socioeconomic issues of two young black men and the more typical pre-teen angst of self-esteem, girls, becoming a man
and family ties. Read more
I wish there was. More to it.. I hope there is a sexual. There are so many questions left unanswered. It was a really good book though. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cute read I read in enough time to return it back to the library it kept my attention and the little boy drama was different for a change... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Droc0307
Very good story. A viewpoint about foster care from the kids' point of view.Published 17 months ago by T. Mccray