Summary: (from LB Teens)
This raw, moving novel follows two teenagers-one, a Mohawk-wearing 17-year-old violent misfit; the other, a gay 13-year-old cast out by his family, hustling on the streets and trying to survive. Acclaimed author Davida Wills Hurwin creates a riveting narrative told in alternating perspectives of their lives before and after the violent hate crime that changed both their futures. This tragic but ultimately inspirational journey of two polarized teens, their violent first meeting, and their peaceful reunion years later is an unforgettable story of survival and forgiveness. This story is inspired by the real lives of Matthew Boger and Timothy Zaal, who have shared their story on The Oprah Winfrey Show and NPR.
This book is what I would call insightful. It's a definite eye opener to the world around you. Davida Hurwin did an excellent job building these characters. Based on Matthew Boger and Timothy Zaal's story; Davida managed to really catch the message they were trying to get across.
I cried during this book; being an adult I see this all around me and it's disturbing. I was glad to see a YA book that was so honest and straightforward. No sugarcoating was involved.
While my daughter is still too young right now, this book will be staying on my shelf till she's old enough to read it. I think it's so IMPORTANT to educate our kids about being prejudice and I think that this book can aid in that. It can definitely get the message out to different groups of kids effectively.
Personally I think this book would be great for kids from about 8th grade on up. (Maybe even younger at the parent's discretion) I think it should be on ALL library shelves.
For parents: If you have teens...buy this book for your kids (or get it from the library). It teaches us something so vital in life...ACCEPTANCE.
Quote from the book:
"Hate is possible in anyone.
Hate is full of power.
Hate makes you feel invincible, strong, capable of fighting all your enemies. It wraps itself
around your biggest fears and it can make those fears go away. "
**I purchased this book myself**