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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Graphic portrayal of homelessness; best for older teens.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 15+

As a future teacher

I read this book for one of my classes (I choose the book). We were reading about books related to poverty. I find this book a very interesting and drama filled books with lessons . People are commenting about parts of the book but you have to realize this is some peoples reality and there should be books out there for every person because we are all different and I guarantee someone is going to relate to this book. Keep in mind it has curse words, sex, and drugs so I would think it is more for high schoolers.
age 15+

Fliptop's Review of Tyrell...

When I read the first sentence of this book, it intrigued me to continue. This book I believe is very educational, because it talks about a differernt culture, and real life ituations. Sure the drugs and messages and role models are not appropriate or children under 15, but if you are a muture, intelligent human being, this book is worth the try...!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (29 ):

This powerful and gritty first novel by Coe Booth, a former crisis-center worker from the Bronx, clearly and grippingly portrays the reality of millennial inner-city life. It addresses the hard and limited choices, the despair, the waste of human potential, but also the relentless and determined efforts of some to take even one small step on the road out. Despite its difficult content it should have a place in any high school or college class on modern social problems.

Everything rings true here -- events, characters, attitudes, even the use of dialect. Booth never makes an awkward slip, and Tyrell's voice resonates in the reader's head like that of a real person. Even the ending remains utterly true and faithful to the situation and characters. This is a very auspicious debut.

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