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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  2,810 ratings  ·  544 reviews
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 see...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Scholastic Press
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Megan Williams
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For my Independent Reading Project I did the book “Tyrell”, Coe Booth. This book takes places in the South Bronx, New York. Tyrell is an urban teenager and his family is falling apart. Recently his father went to jail, leaving him, his mother, and little brother to manage. As time went on Tyrell mother couldn’t make it. They were force out of their current apartment in to shelters. For the last couple of months Tyrell and his family had been go...more
So I'm a white middle class liberal. I'm supposed to like Tyrell, right? You know, because it gives me perspective and awarness of what it's like to be black and poor. And I'm now supposed to say things like, "I know how hard they have it. I need to do something to help them." But saying "they" and "them" would make me racist. And to be honest, isn't the whole book about Tyrell working his ass off to help himself to pull himself out of the situation he's in? He may be poor, but he's working real...more
In sharp contrast to Walter Dean Myers's novels, Booth's novel is laced with the language, actions, and reactions of inner-city life of the South Bronx. The novel is loaded with street slang and profanity, drugs and alcohol, blowjobs and prostitutes, as well as families wrecked by selfish parents. Through it all, Tyrell's trying — as Pony Boy did in The Outsiders forty year ago — to stay gold. The book starts with Tyrell, his little brother, and his ineffectual mother shipped off to a roach-infe...more
Tyrell is heavy on plot but not much else. Coe Booth sets up several potential themes but lets each one fizzle. There is no redemption for the characters, no catharsis for the readers. A lot of good has been said about this novel--that it is highly engaging, especially for reluctant readers, and that it is highly authentic--but I'm surprised it hasn't received more criticism for its presentation of young manhood (similar to the criticism the Twilight series gets for its presentation of young wom...more
omg!now i am finally finished reading this book.It was so good.I loved reading this books mostly out of all of the books I read.I would definetly recommend this book.
This books is about a boy name Tyrell that goes through hard times with his family in the Bronx. Tyrell's father is in jail so it is just him his mother and his little brother. Since Tyrell's mother wasn't working when his father wasn't in jail, she was not supporting the family, the father was. So when he went to jail she could not support the family because she did not have a job and she could not find a job because she was a crackhead.
From the first page this book grabbed my attention; I liked how the book related to real life situations that happen today. Parents aren't playing their full part and taking responsibilities for their family. Tyrell's mother was irresponsible and inconsiderate; she depended on her husband to provide,care and cater to her every needs when he got locked up she turned to the next man in her life. Which was her son Tyrell she to go out and start selling drugs, basically putting her son at risk just...more
Fred Kirchner
An amazing debut by Coe Booth. She has created what seems to me a protagonist (Tyrell) with street cred, sensitivity, and major cools. He's also a terrific big brother, a budding entrepreneur, and in a committed relationship with his girlfriend, Novisha. All of which diesn't take into account the fact that he's homeless and forced, at age 16, to assume the head of household duties while his father is in jail and his mother has issues with responsibility, welfare fraud, and holding down a job. Sh...more
Eudy Ferreira
Tyrell is very troubled teen. For example Tyrell lives in a shelter and Tyrell and his mother don't get along. Also he is trying to make money for his family to leave the shelter. Moreover he also has girl troubles he's dealing with but first he likes a girl named Novisha and they are going out but then thing get very complicated between them. However then things get even weirder. He meets a girl named Jasmine and they start messing around while Tyrell is going out with Novisha. Furthermore he t...more
Mar 21, 2008 Shelby rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: African Americans in Poverity
Recommended to Shelby by: My teacher Ms.Yost
This book may look really intresting but it even looks it. This book changed my perspective on life. Also it may just have the back of a boy's head but look's can be deceving. This book is just like real life in the Projects. Tyrell is a boy trying to take care of his mom and brother Trey. Trey is in special edd and he needs help and his mom does not take good care of him. Tyrell also has a girlfriend and he is trying to keep her and not loose her, but theris this other girl that likes him and i...more
Oct 30, 2009 Blane added it
I would recommend Tyrell to anyone who thinks they have a rough life. Tyrell is without a doubt one of the only characters in a book I have sympathy for. To anyone who thinks life is unfair. This is a great example of how bad things can get for people and anyone who believes there life is unbearable. I want say that Regg is my favorite because I can relate to him the most. I understand what its like to be a big guy and I’m great with numbers to. My least favorite is Tyrell’s mom. She is so irrit...more
Kayla Wilson
This books is about a boy name Tyrell that goes through hard times with his family in the Bronx. Tyrell's father is in jail so it is just him his mother and his little brother. Since tyrell's mother wasn't working when his father wasn't in jail, she was not supporting the family, the father was. So when he went to jail she could not support the family because she did not have a job and she could not find a job because she was a crackhead. The family could not pay for their 3 month rent so their...more
Oct 31, 2008 Terri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA/Adult
Recommended to Terri by: I read reviews of the book!
Last year a student asked me to recommend a book to him that was "real" and "like me." After some discussion, I recommended "Tyrell" by Coe Booth. I hadn't read the book, but had read several strong reviews on it. A few days later he came back and asked for me - he would only talk to me because "you gave me a good book." He said "I gotta a friend in the library now." He told me that it was the first book that he had ever read cover to cover and that the book had changed his life. He is reading l...more
Tyrell is fifteen years old. Two weeks before the book starts, his family (him, his moms, and his 7-year-old brother Troy) are kicked out of their apartment in the projects because they can’t pay the rent while Tyrell’s father is in prison. Tyrell’s mother does not like having to provide for her family while her husband is in jail and she will take any handout she can get, including keeping Troy in special ed classes so that she gets a monthly check from social services. Tyrell becomes responsib...more
This book was one of the best books I read this year so far. It comes with different varieties such as comedy, love, and suspense. I would recommend this book to a friend who is maybe going the the same things tyrell was going though and maybe once they read it it can give them some advice. This book is mainly about a boy that grows up not having the best life. He understands now that he is older he does more grown man stuff and helps out his mother to take care of his little brother since ther...more
Alex Hughes
This was the first book I read with my group. I wish it were not! There are several reasons for this. There was little to no character development throughout the book, which I wouldn't mind, except that the entire book was written in "slang" in point of view of the protagonist. I felt that even the setting was lacking in strength of description and hindered the book plot development in my opinion. The characters is the fiction were more or less worse in morality than that of Tyrell's, with the e...more
Tyrell is a 15 year old who, along with his mother and 7 year old brother, has just become homeless. With his father in prison and his mom pressuring him to "be the man" Tyrell resists the easy way out of the ghetto and the easy way to fast money- selling drugs. And even though he would love the chance to really "get with" his girl Novisha, he respects her decision to wait until they are married. After all, he knows she is the girl for him, and he will be the man who takes girl of his girl, his...more
Mike Mullin
Easily the best male teen voice by a female author I've read. Seriously, if Walter Dean Myers had written this, I don't think Tyrell's voice would have been any more accurate or believable. Coe Booth does a fabulous job putting the reader into Tyrell's head, so that by the end of the book I felt like I'd spent a week wandering the streets of New York with him. One of the ways she does this is by using a fairly heavy dialect throughout. I found it off-putting at first as I was continually stumbli...more
Naiya Stewart
I don't know where to start, but I must say Tyrell is such a handful. I never met anyone quite like him. Even though I never physically met him, I feel like I knew him my whole life. Tyrell is a Black teenage boy that is struggling for a better life. He is basically the man in the household since his father is currently serving time in prison. His mom seems to not have her priorites in order, while his little brother isn't aware of anything going on. Family isn't the only issue Ty has going for...more
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Tyrell is a book about a young man in a tough situation. "Tyrell" takes place in the Bronx, New York. The main character Tyrell,lives in a shelter he does not like because his mother can barely take care of herself, nor him and his baby brother troy. He does not want to stay there with his dad being locked up,and his girl acting like she doesn't need him anymore.He has a plan to throw a party to make enough money . how will he set it up ? Will he pull it off? Or will he continue to flirt with th...more
Briana Chavis
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Eduardo Gonzalez
Eduardo Gonzalez
Book Summary: Tyrell is a 14 year old kid who lives with his mother and his brother because they are homeless and broke. Tyrell's father is in jail and the reason Tyrell and his family are homeless is because his mother refused to work and couldn't afford to pay the apartment rent. Tyrell is fed up because his mother doesn't take good care of his little brother Troy and because she acts like everyone owes her something. Tyrell is staying in a motel named Bennett Motel which is lo...more
Krista Stevens
This showed up on some reading list and now that I've read it, I'd like to go back and see who recommended it. Won the LA Times Book Prize.
Tyrell's life is hell - with his mom being immature and not wanting to take responsibility for anything (very unlikeable character), his little brother Troy depending on him to get him food and make sure he stays alive, his dad in jail and being no help whatsoever - Tyrell drops out of school and moves into a terrible homeless shelter with his mom and brother...more
Ethan Ward
"Tyrell" by Coe Booth is a good book for suburban kids who don't know much about life in the projects, because it offers insight into a different kind of life than they're used to. The interactions between many different characters in this book are interesting as well as the dialogue. The specific use of story lines for plot development is also done very well. Although there is profanity used in this book, most of it is used in the right context and can connect to teens by showing the honest bru...more
Tyrell is about a 15 year old boy who pretty much has to provide for his mom and his brother.Tyrell dad is in jail and his mom refuses to find a job so its up too Tyrell to get money on his own. The author made it clear that if you want something you have to work hard to get it. Also the author showed that if you hang around with the wrong people bad things might happen. An exaple of one such moment come to mind is when Tyrell meets a girl whose name was Jasmine she had a huge impact in Tyrell'...more
Tyrell is an awesome read. Something about seeing profanity in the first sentence made me realize that this book would be an awesome read. Tyrell tells an honest story of a 15 year old African American, surviving in poverty and homelessness. It deals with morality, family, relationships, gender issues and a variety of other issues individuals. It's amazing how much can happen in just one week. High School aged young adults can learn a great deal from this book regardless of social status.
Kristen Jaques
This was a very gripping story and a fascinating glimpse into the life of a homeless black teen whose father is in jail and whose mother is negligent, lazy, and selfish (she refuses to supervise her younger 7-year-old son and frequently demands that Tyrell get into the drug selling scene so that he can support HER). I liked the way he stood up to his mother and was determined to make it on his own. Ultimately, I had a hard time thinking of this as a good book because Tyrell's views on girls just...more
Lord Andy
Now this book is a teen book it has the slang teens use I can accutly really see how south Bronx really is and tyrell is a tough kid for his dad being in jail and him trying to be the man of the house and trying not to fall in the cracks and start dealing drugs but at the sametime you could see the struggle of loosing you're apartment and leaving in a shelter but as far as I got this is probleby in the top ten best books I have read if I gave it a "out of 10" I would give it an "8 out of 10" for...more
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“I ain't gonna lie. I like having my girl take care of me this way. I can't wait 'til she finish high school and we can live together somewhere on our own. I'ma support her while she in college, pay all the bills and shit, and she can take care of me like this everyday. Man, that's the way I wanna be living.” 9 likes
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