Reviews by Tag: African-American protagonist

Teen Review
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Nithin
May 28, 2024

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is an amazing book that tackles themes of race, identity, and justice. The main character Starr Carter is a 16 year old African American girl who has two lives:her rich prep school and her poor neighborhood. For most of her life, they stayed separate, but it all changes when Starr’s friend Khalil is wrongfully shot by a police officer who presumed that Khalil pulling out a comb was Khalil pulling out a gun.

Teen Review
Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost

By Jason Reynolds
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Aug 12, 2022

Ghost is a realistic fiction book by Jason Reynolds. This book is about a seventh grader boy
who wants to join the school track team. His life out of school is tough because he has an
abusive father who tried to kill his mom and him. Although life was hard for him, Charles, a
nearby friendly figure, takes care of them for years. Next, he goes to tryouts and the coaches
were impressed but then he had a fight with one of the bullies. Later the coach gives him a

Teen Review
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Legendborn

By Tracy Deonn
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Aadit G.
Jun 8, 2022

Rating: 5

My rating for this book is a 5. This is THE best book I've ever read. Every aspect of this book is so well thought out. It is really long compared to other books but it did not fail to keep me focused.

Summary:

This is about a girl named Bree whose mom died in a car accident. She then goes to a college in North Carolina where she discovers a society named the "Legendborn". These are people who use their powers to kill demons. Bree is then suspicious and she thinks that this society might have something to do with the death of her mother.

Teen Review
Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

Ace of Spades

By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Grace K.
Apr 4, 2022

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is SO GOOD. It gives off some Gossip Girl vibes, but itis so much more elevated and extremely intense. I really enjoyed this book because it is dark and mysterious while also being funny and adventurous. It is definitely a unique read and I have never read anything even remotely close to it. It is packed with so many little plots, twists, turns, and epiphanies that I read the whole thing in two days or less. A 100% must-read novel!!

Teen Review
Ashes of Gold by J. Elle

Ashes of Gold

By J. Elle
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Kayla F.
Mar 29, 2022

Ashes of Gold by J. Elle is teen fiction but heavily focused on fantasy with ties to our world.  The book is a continuation of Rue’s journey to reclaim Ghizon from the Chancellor and give it back to the Ghizoni people.  Not only does Rue struggle in the fight against the Chancellor, she also struggles to connect with her people and herself. I love the compelling plot and the character growth in this book.

Teen Review
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Punching the Air

By Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Rishi S.
Mar 28, 2022

Amal Shahid winds up in jail when he is accused of a crime he may or may not have committed. When in prison, he is given lots of time to think of the root of his problems, what he should be thankful for, and how much he loves his main talent: art. Through his artistic ability, Amal learns to cope with his sorrows as well as make new friends behind bars.

Teen Review
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Aubrie C.
Mar 22, 2022

The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas, is a fiction novel about a sixteen-year-old Starr and how she becomes the only witness to the fatal shooting of her friend Khalil by the hands of the police. Throughout the story, Starr is looking for ways she can bring justice to Khalil but she does not want the public to know that she was the witness. Starr talks to the police, district attorney, and grand jury anonymously hoping that will be enough to bring justice to Khalil.

Teen Review
Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

Ace of Spades

By Faridah Abike-Iyimide
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Danielle H.
Mar 15, 2022

The adventurous story of Devon and Chiamaka is a mysterious one that tells the story of how they are being targeted. Even though they want different things such as being a head girl and going to an ivy league school. As well as just trying to stay out of everyone's way just enough to graduate. However, both of their plans are ruined when a bully online threatens to expose all of their secrets. To try and find out who this bully is they both go through traumatic events that lead them to the truth about their “prestigious” and its history.

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