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By Nicole on 07-11-10
As a New Yorker, my hubby kept laughing at Whitehead's comedic memoires of his adolescence. This book is about a teenager finding himself, and I think that every kid can relate - whether black, white, rich or poor, because aside from the rich black teenager portrayed in the book, the novel deals with decisions, love, and the hardships of adolescence.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Shoshana McKinney on 06-30-17
A Slice of Black Americana
I love this story! Its a slice of Black Americana and coming of age.
It takes place during the summer in the Black Hamptons neighborhood of Sag Harbor. A man looks back on his boyhood and the rites of passage that took place in 1985.
I would love to bring up boys in this type of environment with a close community, riding bikes everywhere and understanding their privilege within a Black neighborhood.
Its full of so many wonderful moments, especially sneaking the cokes!
By Zane on 09-16-09
I have really liked other books by Whitehead, but I could not get through this meandering reminiscence. It's obviously a period which has stayed with him in great detail, but I needed something to happen. His first novel was great though.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Kathy on 07-20-09
Not For Children
This book can to me through Audible Kids - I most definitely do not think this is a children's selection. While the book is good, there are references to drinking & sex that are not
suitable for kids.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful