ISBN: 0439838797
EAN13: 9780439838795
Language: English
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 7.1" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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An astonishing new voice in teen literature, writing what is sure to be one of the most talked-about debuts of the year.

Tyrell is a young African-American teen who can't get a break. He's living (for now) with his spaced-out mother and little brother in a homeless shelter. His father's in jail. His girlfriend supports him, but he doesn't feel good enough for her -- and seems to be always on the verge of doing the wrong thing around her. There's another girl at the homeless shelter who is also after him, although the desires there are complicated. Tyrell feels he needs to score some money to make things better. Will he end up following in his father's footsteps?

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At fifteen years old, Tyrell has to deal with some adult responsibilities. His father is in jail and his mother is worthless, so Tyrell is the only hope his younger brother has for a decent life. The family is placed in a roach- infested motel until more suitable housing can be found. Tyrell's mother takes no responsibility for her own children, and even goes so far as to expect her son to deal drugs in order to make enough money to support the family. He came up with his own money making scheme so he wouldn't end up in jail like his dad. His girlfriend, Novisha, and another homeless teen, Jasmine, send a few more challenges his way. Even though I didn't like the book, it was very popular in my classroom. Drug use, language and sexual situations make it appropriate for mature readers.
The re- inclusion of his father and mother forced him into manhood in the Bronx. Tyrell struggles to find a legal means of supporting his family and to make the right decisions about school, relationships and family after dealing with horrible emergency housing. The bitter ending and true to life language help portray genuine hurdles that many economically disadvantage youth face daily.
   A Must Read
Tyrell is a realistic, contemporary first novel that has character authentic dialogue and youthful voices that you can hear. Adults might struggle to read the dialect, but kids will love that the characters sound right. The book is popular and well read by my older students, but it is a little too mature for those under the age of 13.
   If You Don't Like Profanity Don't Buy This Book
This book was on my son's summer reading list. The story was full of profanity but it was decent. I don't think it's necessary to use profanity to make the story poignant. Without it, the story would have been the same.
   See poverty from the eyes of the beholder
The pacing was great, the plot was engaging, and this book was one that I couldn't set down. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a better perspective on how poverty affects the youth and their families.
   there is SO much foul language that
This book gave me the chance to walk in the shoes of someone completely different from myself who has lived a life that I can't even imagine. The depiction of inner- city poverty was poignant and real. I don't feel comfortable adding this book to my classroom library because of the foul language, even though it fits in the setting of the story.
   This was a recommended middle school read
There isn't a lot of a story line without the sex. My kids think it's 50 shades of gray. The thumbs were down. This was a good middle school read. It is a bad idea.
   Perpetuates the misogynistic agenda, but reflects street life well (I think)
I'm not sure about this book. It is a good way to get students who live in these situations to read and probably a pretty accurate representation of their lifestyles, but I am disturbed by the stereotypical way that women are portrayed in the book. The double standards for men and women in relationships are hypocritical. It seems like it's accepted as the way it is. Men are free to do what they want and women are held to a higher standard. The book is easy to read and write.