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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  560 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Cousins Clay and Addison were like brothers, growing up together in the projects, until they were ripped apart by a family argument. When they are reunited in a drug-treatment program, they try to work out their issues like a family. But one night, one wrong decision, leaves Clay shaken and Addison dead. And in the rash of events that follow, the truth of what actually hap ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published May 17th 2007 by Puffin Books (first published June 1st 2006)
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I’ve recently finished Rooftop by Paul Volponi. This book is about two cousins
named Clay and Addison who are reunited in a drug-treatment program called
Daytop, after being split up as kids due to an argument between Clay’s mother
and Addison’s mother. Well, once they are reunited at this program despite
Clay’s drug problem and Addison’s drug selling problem, they’re relationship
becomes tight that they’re actually like brothers more than cousins. While in
this program, attending everyday, Clay
Volponi, author of Black and White, is back on the streets with another tale of teens caught up in drugs, crime, and a shot at redemption. Like in Black and White, the book spins on the central question of working up the nerve to tell the truth. Clay and his cousin Addison meet up in the same drug program. A disagreement about money with another teen (Clorox) leads Clay and Addison to the rooftop of a building where a tragedy occurs. Addison is accidentally shot by the police, and Clay must deci ...more
I give this a 5 star because it didnt waite till the middle of the story to get good. write when you star reading it, it gets good. well I couldnt stop reading the book even during band class.
Nov 30, 2009 Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who aren't easily offended by "bad words" and lots of references to pot.
Recommended to Jill by: Abraham Lincoln 2010 list
This is one of the Abraham Lincoln award nominees, so it is a young adult book. A bit higher than my average pick... but it's all good in the hood.

Anyway, this book was really, really good. It was about the projects in New York and a couple of cousins who lived there and were also attending drug rehab together.

I was really impressed with the author. Really. In a lot of books, the authors throw in awkward "teenage lingo" or slang words that they assume their characters would use if they were real
Michael Garrett

You'd be surprised how far a roll of drug money could turn someones life around by reading this book that reflects some of our modern
lives and hardships more than we would want to admit. "Rooftops" by Paul Volponi, author of Black and White is novel published in 2006 that gives a realistic view of growing up in the bad part of New York, and has very heavy, some even controversial subjects of racial profiling , prejudice , drug dealing, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, police brutality , a
Raheem Naughty
Rooftop by Paul Volponi is the definition of a page turner, every page left me wanting to read more and more. The book was about two boy cousins by the name of Clay and Addison. they were separated at a young age due to an argument by their mothers. They later find each other in a drug rehab center and catch up on old times, they also grew a bond tighter than cousins could have. They were more like brothers to one another. As time goes on one of the two cousins is on the road to righteousness w ...more
This is a realistic fiction story that seems especially timely because it deals with racism, politics and a police shooting.
Clayton and Addison meet up in a rehab program after being separated for several years due to a family argument. Clayton is thrilled to be back in touch with his cousin, but he is dismayed to find that Addison still has a lot of bad habits and is not really committed to changing his ways. Then one night the two boys end up on the rooftop of one of the buildings in their ho
Jason Alvord
I gave this book a 4 star rating because I couldn't stop reading after the beginning. The beginning I will admit was slow but started getting extremely interesting afterwards. Reading this book was almost like watching a movie. Volpnoi did a great job of describing stuff and making you feel like you are right there.

Without giving away to much I can honestly say this book is extremely good once you get past the beginning, I promise you it will get better. This is also a great novel for teenagers
Nathan K
I picked this book, because teens kids with legal problems intrigue me. Rooftop takes place in New York. A boy named Addison and his cousin Clay are put in a rehab program called Daytop. The two of them try to stay out of trouble, but it becomes difficult when they meet the others in the rehab program. Addison is the main character in this book. He is a concerned person, as he worries about all of his family. Addison later in the book showed that he could become irate with enemies. A static char ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
The thing I liked about this book is that the characters and setting all seemed regular/normal. Too often books set in the "bad part of town" hype up the badness so much that the story can have the opposite effect that it was meant to. The people and their experiences can seem so different from the average middle class teen (or even poor teen who doesn't live in the projects) that it can be hard for a teen reader to relate.

I guess I didn't read it closely enough, because I didn't understand why
The book ROOF TOP by Paul Volponi was published in May 17th 2006. A Young Adult Fiction book about many young teenagers enrolled in a program called Day Top Center for teenagers that use or ever been associated with drugs in any way. At Day Top a young black teenager named Clay runs into a cousin named Addision that he hasn't seen for a while. Even though Clay's home life is better than Addison's he is still surrounded by many negative elements in the street and in school. Many of these teenager ...more
Lorenzo Rollino
So in rooftop i thought this was a amazing book. It really showed what the dirty cops try to do to all the black people in the city. So when they wend up to the rooftop the two friends were smoking and the cops came out of nowhere. So they killed one of the boys thinking one of them had a gun. So it is a mystery of what had really happened up at the roof. What i did not like about the book is the cops. The reason i don't like the cops is because they think all the young black kids do something w ...more
Leon Jackson
May 05, 2015 Leon Jackson is currently reading it
‘’Rooftop’’? Before reading this book I thought it was going to be so boring but boy was I wrong. This Story Is similar to a lot of situations that go on today In society. It’s about two cousins by the names of Clay and Addison who grew up together in the projects. An argument happened between both of the boy’s mothers which ripped them apart and messed up their close relationship. They rejoined each other in a drug-treatment program called Daytop, during this they try to work out their issues a ...more
Christian Garcia
Clay and Addison were the best of cousins, but when something happens to Addison, it turns Clay's life upside down. Rooftop is a realistic fiction book that gives you an insight to the life of these two kids, Clay and Addison, who live in a very bad neighborhood. I really like the overall setting, plot, and characters of this book.

***Spoiler Alert***

This book takes place in New York in a very bad neighborhood. All the people in the neighborhood and the event that happen influence the characters
Clay and his cousin, Addison, are in a Day Program that helps young people get off drugs, form better habits, build community, and finish their education. On the night they are supposed to attend a party at the center, they wind up chasing a guy who owes Addison money onto a rooftop. Police follow them and somewhere in the darkness and confusion, they open fire on the boys. Addison, waving his wallet around in a threatening manner, is killed outright. Clay is pressured to describe the incident a ...more
Fred Kirchner
Written by a man who formerly taught incarcerated youth on Riker's Island to read and write, Volponi's Rooftop crackles with up-to-the-minute realism. The story of 17 year old Clay, who's been in a drug rehab program for the last four months and Clay's older cousin, Addison, who shows up at treatment one day. Addison deals crack and also has his own drug problems. The cousins reconcile after their families split over other issues months before, and begin to support each other to stay clean on th ...more
Jake Benson
Sep 23, 2010 Jake Benson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes shorter books and has a hard time getting in the "zone"
This book is called Rooftop by Paul Volponi. It fits in the realistic fiction genre.I think the point of this book was to show the life of a addict and show that some people think they loose all feelings witch in fact they do. The book affected me by showing me what kind of genres i would like. A personal experience is my friend that went to a camp for anger and he says storys about stuff like kids getting into trouble.I would deffinatly reccomend this book to teenagers because i hate reading bu ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for

In ROOFTOP, Clay, arrested for drug possession, is enrolled in a special program called Daytop. It's for teens on parole. Kids report to the Daytop Center during the day where counselors (recovering drug offenders themselves) run a strict program complete with a philosophy statement, chores and responsibilities, study time for the GED, and a sense of family most of the kids are missing.

At Daytop, Clay runs into a cousin he hasn't
Rooftop is a first person narrative from Paul Volponi, who formerly taught incarcerated youth on Riker's Island. The story is easy to read and holds the reader with up-to-the-minute realism through street slang and an inner-city perspective. Clay, the main character, is with his cousin Addison when Addison gets shot by the police. Who Addision and Clay are, why the cousins are on the roof, and what happens at the shooting put Clay in the middle of a complex twist of facts and politics- about rac ...more
Liza Wiemer
Once again Paul Volponi shows how he is the king of urban fiction. I dive into his books knowing that I'm going to meet unforgettable characters. The people in ROOFTOP are no exception. The events and characters may be completely fiction - but you'd never know it. Long after I shut this book and Volponi's other books I'm thinking about what his characters have experienced. I dare anyone to pick up this book or any other Volponi book and not find that you care - but even more important that you a ...more
When most people think of rehab they automatically think of celebrities such as Lindsney Lohan. But rehab is acutally for eveyone who needs it. Rehab isn't always fun, or pretty, or easy. Rather than exploring the issue by race and pretending it doesnt exist,this book does a fantastic job of illustrating that rehab isn't just about what race you are. Consequences for everyone can unfold and escalate in rapid-fire fashion. The genre of this book is Realistic Fiction. Events in this story could ha ...more
Unique Morris
Imagine living in a neighborhood with drugs, drug dealing, and much more crime. Now think about how live people in those lifestyles. Crazy huh? Rooftop is a realistic fiction story. My opinion of this story is that it is very heartbreaking and inspiring.
In the beginning of Rooftop, the main character Clay is introduced, and he is going to school at a drug program because he used to smoke marijuana a lot. As Clay is going up the stairs to his school, he hears a familiar voice, which he soon re
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The novel "Rooftop" by Paul Volponi is about two cousins who are basically like brothers. These cousins were very close until they got themselves into a situation which tore them apart. Clay and Addison met again in the drug-treatment center where they tried to work out their issues like a real family members. I don't usually like to read but as soon as I started to read this book I couldn't stop so I would say this book had a lot of impact on me as a rea
Rocio F.
Rocio Flores
Book review (#1 Rooftop)

Two kids ages 17-18 lived in Long Island city and they go to high school. Here we have Addison he was only 16 years old he used to drink and sell drugs to different gangbangers. His cousin clay was 17 years old he used to do the same thing as Addison. They both ended up in a drug program for months. Addison never passed his classes in day top but he and his cousin clay always selled drugs to different gangbangers to get money. They were getting far ap
Reunited after a family argument separated them, cousins Clay and Addison meet up at a drug rehabilitation center in New York. Clay seems to be following the center's rules of drug avoidance, but Addison isn't quite as sure about it. When fellow 'family' member, Clorox, of the center rips Addison off, he and Clay follow him to a New York project rooftop with the intention of getting his money back. However, the cops follow Addison and Clay and thinking Addison is armed and pointing a gun at them ...more
Olivia H
Okay when I first saw this book in the library, i thought the cover was really weird but, the back turned out to be promising. So I started reading it and instantly like it. One of the things that stumped me through out the whole book was the cover. When I found out what it meant it made sense instantly. This book was well written, each page made me want to read more and more. This book is also a great book for teenage that are in to more mature books and don't mind swearing or anything violent. ...more
Jenise Colon
My humanities teacher Leona recommened this book to me. She has not read this book but plenty of people recommened it to her. Now I think I would recommend it to people who like books about teenage drama or to just teenagers in general. I would do this because when ur a teenager you might want to be "down" and in order to do that you may think you have to get in trouble, do drugs, or do what other people do. In this book clay is on the influence of smokin weed with his friends and he trys to st ...more
Clay has stayed clean while he's at the Daytop Rehabilitation Center. The other teens at the center are like family, and Clay is even studying for the GED. But then his cousin Addison shows up, and Addison is still running with the wrong crowd.

Addison and Clay are on a project rooftop one night, and thinking a rival drug dealer is coming up the stairs after them, Addison pulls his wallet out and holds it like a gun. When the police come through the door, they shoot and kill Addison.

The police
It took me a little while to get into this book but I enjoyed it. I think there are some good lessons to be learned especially in regards to the old saying "blood is thicker than water"...or is it? As with most of Volponi's books, he writes in a voice that teen males, especially those from inner-city or tougher neighborhoods, can identify with.
This book brings out the shadows of doubt among the confusion of a teen who is doing his best to be a better man. When he loses his family, he doesn't know where to turn, or what to do when it feels like words are being put in his mouth. The story of a boy who finds himself among the death of his family.
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