All American Boys follows two young men - one African American, one Caucasian - after an incident of racist police brutality. Rashad, who is innocent, is beaten severely enough to be hospitalized by a White police officer who claimed he was stealing a bag of chips from a convenient store. Quinn observes the incident and then struggles with whether to let people know that he was there.
Set in a generic small city or large town named Springfield, the story could be taking place anywhere in today’s America. I’ve been hearing about this book from teacher and librarian bloggers since its release in 2015 and thought it would be a good fit for the optional 4th of July Booklikes-opoly Americana book selection.
Co-authored by African American author Jason Reynolds and Caucasian author Brendan Keily, All American Boys could qualify as an #OwnVoices book. However, I feel like All American Boys was written more as a parable to explain to Caucasian readers why this topic is important than as a book for African American readers to see themselves. While I found the book compelling, at times All American Boy almost crosses the line to polemic and the moralizing is a bit too blatant to these adult eyes.
In the end, All American Boys is a timely memorial to Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Tarika Wilson, Keith Childress and the countless other young African Americans who are disproportionately dying at the hands of police. Despite my quibbles, All American Boys admirably serves as a potential avenue to start the conversation with young adults about this complex topic.
First up, 24in48
Here are my answers to the closing survey:
1. How many books did you read? Pages? 2 graphic novels (The Son of Neptune and The Complete Persepolis) and one category romance (A Sultry Love Song) from start to finish. 31% of one category romance (TGTGCG).
Page wise I read 723 pages.
2. How many hours did you read? 12 hours over the two days, with the bulk being read on Saturday. After doing some math, it averages 60.25 pages per hour; now I can use that bit of datum to plan out future reading.
3. What do you think worked well in this read-a-thon?
The weather made it clear to all the family that going outside and doing something other than reading was a no-go. Thank you rainy England! Please stop raining now, kthanksbye. Also my food game was great this time around; I must order take away from my favorite kebab place for all read-a-thons.
Reading wise, what worked well was reading shorter books and in print (I read faster in print over e-books for some strange reason).
4. What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time?
I should maybe check in every two hours rather than every 3-4 hours, as I missed a bunch of participation challenges. To improve the read-a-thon in general, new challenges - I am tired of the "take a shelfie" and the "make a verse with book titles" challenges as every read-a-thon does those challenges.
5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon? Yep, and it's on my calendar already.
COYER update #2
Sunday: finished A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander (started during 24in48). Started The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray.
Monday: finished TGTGCG. Next up is Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin, which I will start reading tomorrow. Reviews are quickly piling up, so I may spend some time tomorrow writing up those.
So this morning was spent grocery shopping with two kids (*sigh*) and then going out as a family to do some school clothes shopping. I read for a little while (timer reads 10 hours 8 minutes) this afternoon and will get back to it tonight with reading to the kids and after they go to bed.
Finished A Sultry Love Song and decided to start The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom (my first ever m/m romance). My goal is to end with at least 12 hours reading time and 25% of the new book done. Both books are on my COYER Summer Vacation reading list, which is handy since the 2nd COYER read-a-thon started today. Reminder to my fellow COYER participants: the read-a-thons are voluntary but this one is restricted to only the print books on your list (August's read-a-thon is back to e-books and audiobooks only).
My next update will be my last for 24in48. To my fellow 24in48-ers: Let's finish STRONG!!!