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Bronxwood (Tyrell #2)

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  765 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
The acclaimed author of TYRELL and KENDRA returns to PUSH to continue Tyrell's astonishing story.

Tyrell's father is just out of jail, and Tyrell doesn't know how to deal with that. It's bad enough that his brother Troy is in foster care and that his mother is no help whatsoever. Now there's another thing up in his face, just when he's trying to settle down. Tyrell's father
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Push
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Nov 05, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I can't tell you how excited I was to find out there was a 2nd book that followed Tyrell. And this book lives up to the first one.

Tyrell is living in the Bronxwood projects with his best friend and his best friend's brother. They sell drugs but Tyrell has always tried to make an honest living by using his jailed father's DJ equipment at parties. But when his dad gets out of prison, Tyrell has to figure out how to continue DJing on his own.

There's also a lot of other things happening in the book
Oct 08, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
Just back from Atlanta where he made some money DJing at parties, Tyrell returns to New York as his father is being released from jail. He immediately becomes involved in all sorts of romantic intrigue and relationship dynamics as well as economic dynamics since his two roommates, brothers of the local pot distributor, are also involved in its distribution. Although I liked the more responsible teen boy introduced in Coe Booth's earlier Tyrell and felt disheartened by the mistakes Tyrell keeps m ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Coe Booth has been one of my very favorite storytellers ever since I read Tyrell. Kendra also was magnificent. Bronxwood blew me away. Every word coming from Tyrell's mind rings so true. I could be walking in my neighborhood, hearing 16-yr old kids talk. Coe never judges her characters. She lets them be who they are. She never preaches or tries to teach a lesson. She lets you decide for yourself whether or not the characters are on the right track. Whether or not you "like" what the characters a ...more
A'Kira Yuille
Oct 07, 2015 A'Kira Yuille rated it it was amazing
Bronxwood Book Review
Coe Booth

Tyrell is a young, black teen living in Bronxwood, New York, with his drug dealer best friend Cal and Cal’s older brother. Although he's struggling to provide for himself, his mother, and get his younger brother, Troy, out of foster care, he’s trying not to be influenced by peer pressure and make an honest living by using his father’s DJ equipment. After his father is released from prison, he wants to take back his responsibility as “man of the house” and Tyrell i
Wow! Bronxwood is a fast-paced and entertaining read for teens. Tyrell is a funny, warm, likable, yet tough character whose conflicts with family, friends, and girls will keep this book flying off the shelves! I can't wait for book three. My one criticism is that Coe Booth easily resolves some violence-related events in the book. In real life, there probably would have been greater consequences or bloodier aftermaths.
Monica Romero
Apr 01, 2014 Monica Romero rated it it was amazing
Tyrells father just got out of jail and tyrell doesn't really know how to handle that. His little brother Troy is now in foster care and tyrell is having problems with his dad. What I liked in this book was that it was very real, the things that happened in this book can happen to anyone. My favorite character was tyrell because he is a very strong teen who went through many things but is still moving forward. The whole book is very realistic. My favorite parts in the book were when tyrell would ...more
Dajuan H.
Mar 19, 2015 Dajuan H. rated it really liked it
First person to read this book at my school book one of the best should have made a series
Morgan Tarleton
Feb 27, 2015 Morgan Tarleton rated it really liked it
WOW. Right on par with Tyrell this sequel does not disappoint. Booth writes these books in a way that gives Tyrell more of a voice than just about any literary character I can think of. Bronxwood is a bit of a brutal ride but still manages to give you a glimmer of hope.
Antione M
I really like the book and Its a really good book to read for people my age about his teenage life
Dec 31, 2014 Ricki rated it it was amazing
Coe Booth strikes again.

BRONXWOOD is a very engaging sequel to TYRELL. Tyrell navigates through incredibly difficult circumstances that no teen should face. He is more mature than his parents and is provided with little support from the adults in his life. My only complaint about this sequel is that Tyrell is a bit of a player, which conflicted with my previous perception of him. I think this is very realistic though--I think I placed him a bit too high on the pedestal.

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I've been reading “Bronxwood by:Coe Booth”. This book is a fictional novel with realistic scenarios. In this book Jamal is becoming a man by himself in bronxwood. He is coming from a home with both parents but his dad got sent to jail. His brother got put in foster and mother is cheating. The boy is very lost throughout the book trying to be the man he thinks he is destined to be. He isn't realizing he is only 16 and needs his parents. This book has a lot of self identifying and love involved. Y ...more
Mohamed Coulibaly
Bronxwood by Coe Booth is a book about a boy named Tyrell and has to go through a lot of obstacles. His dad was in jail for quit along time and didn't even get to spend time with him much. Tyrell's mother doesn't even care about him and his brothers life, and isn't interested in it. Tyrell little brother is in foster care and Tyrell goes to see him every now and then. There father is getting out of jail soon, but Tyrell doesn't tell his brother so that he doesn't think the family is getting back ...more
Fatima Esquivias
Nov 20, 2015 Fatima Esquivias rated it it was amazing
My opinion on the book “Bronxwood” by Coe Booth is that it’s such a considerable book. Two reasons to why I think it is a decent book is because the book blew me away, and because there are many situations I can relate to. The reason why this book blew me away was because the book before it “Tyrell” by Coe Booth was an amazing book and after that book I didn’t think it could get any better, but it did as I read this book and finished it. I was very amazed on how Tyrell was still not getting into ...more
Keith Robinson
Nov 21, 2014 Keith Robinson rated it it was amazing
Bronxwood by Coe Booth is a Nonfiction book about a sixteen year old boy who regrets coming back to his town (The Bronx). Whenever he is there, whether it's his family, friends or even girls are always giving him problems. He wants to do the best for everyone but never really focuses on himself until the end. He wanted to save and prevent his family and friends from going to jail and he always wanted his lilttle brother to come out of foster care but no one is abled to get him out except for the ...more
May 21, 2014 Nshslibrary rated it really liked it
What would your life be like if you were a fourteen year-old boy whose mother is never around and whose dad is an ex-convict? Even though my life has no resemblance to Tyrell’s in Bronxwood, his story is fascinating and makes me thankful for what I have. Tyrell lives in the Bronx, New York, which is the opposite of Newton, Massachusetts. While most teenagers focus on school and friends, Tyrell worries about money for food and being on time in order to spend thirty minutes with his younger brothe ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Jefffultz rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named Tyrell. Tyrell lives in a project named Bronxwood and he is just trying to make it on his own, but everybody wants something from him, his Dad who’s fresh out of jail, his friends, his girls, and the dealers that he lives with constantly pushing him to get into the business. But Tyrell has his own way to make it, he’s been building up his DJ’ing career for a while now with his Dad’s DJ equipment, without his incarcerated fathers permission of course. Tyrell’s got a ...more
Nov 19, 2011 Jamie rated it really liked it
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I wish more authors wrote such books for teens - a REAL urban fiction title geared at the teen market. The dialogue and characters are so believable you fall right in.

This book had lots of dilemmas - should Tyrell hang with Jasmine or keep trying to get with Adonna? Or how about Novisha? More importantly, should he stay in the (admittedly problematic) apartment, or move in this his (also problematic) parents. What should a person do to get money?
Danny B
Nov 07, 2014 Danny B rated it it was ok
I did not really like this book it wasn't interesting at all thats one of the reasons why it took me forever to finish the book. it was good because this book is a part 2 of another book and i read this one first so maybe thats why i didnt understand this book. i dont recommend this book for kids under the age of 14 because of the explicit language they use in the book
Oct 07, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it

Never read TYRELL and it didn't matter (it was a little slow at the front of the story, just picking up who the characters were, but that was so minor). This book was incredibly written, and Ty's got one of the best and most authentic voices I've read in a long time. A killer character with a heart of gold in a world that's anything but that.

Longer review to come.
Apr 07, 2014 Evan2498 rated it it was amazing
I think Bronxwood was a great book, I enjoyed it because it was the sequel to Tyrell. My favorite part of the book was when he and Jasmine finally get into what they want, even though there are obstacles in the way. I really enjoyed the part when he stood up to his dad and became his own man. I enjoy this book because it's a realistic fiction, and talks about how real situations a teenage boy might be going through. I like how Coe Booth describes Tyrell's conflicts with Adonna in the beginning a ...more
Jul 05, 2011 P. rated it really liked it
Shelves: yyay, arc
Booth's writing reminds me of S.E. Hinton - well-written stories of kids caught up in street culture, living in poverty, who narrate the ways in which they/their situations are messed up but can't find a way out of it. I was very psyched to see this arc at ALA and it didn't disappoint. But it does hurt to read about Tyrell because he's so real.
Thao Phan
Jan 12, 2014 Thao Phan rated it liked it
Tyrell, a 16-year-old black boy,who had just moved back to Bronxwood. He does not live with neither of his parents. His father is in jail and him and his mom do not have the greatest relationship. His little brother, Troy, is in foster care because his family does not have the ability to take care of him. Tyrell works as a DJ to make money to take care of himself and his family, and he has been pretty successful at it. When Tyrell's dad is released from jail, he tries to put his family back toge ...more
Devin Stoller
Oct 28, 2014 Devin Stoller rated it it was amazing
I grabbed Bronxwood by Coe Booth originally because the title intrigued me. I recognized the "Bronx" portion of the title from the city in New York, but the added second half of the title made me curious as to what the story could be about. So, I decided I was going to find out and started reading.

I never read Tyrell (the prequel to Bronxwood), but it didn't matter. It was a little slow at the beginning of the story, just picking up who the characters were, but that was minor. This book was incr
Jan 01, 2014 Trimble rated it liked it
Despite his up-bringing, Tyrell is a pretty decent kid who stands behind his friends and tries to stay out of as much trouble as he can. This is a pretty difficult feat because he's surrounded by it most of the time. At one point or another in the story the poor kid really is faced with nearly ever bad thing you would anticipate someone living in an inner-city would struggle with. It's an interesting story, but the language is very distracting. I understand Coe Booth is trying to keep it authent ...more
Donald Peebles
Aug 11, 2014 Donald Peebles rated it really liked it
I read BRONXWOOD by Coe Booth with the anticipation of seeing Tyrell, the protagonist from the critically-acclaimed YA novel TYRELL, reunite with his younger brother Troy and getting him out of foster care. I did like the book very much but I felt there were still loose ends at the end. I wonder if Coe will write a third installment to this series. This sequel to TYRELL seems much more harsher and sexually provocative than the original but still a raw and organic voice of African Americans and H ...more
Nov 11, 2014 Shane rated it it was amazing
When I finished Tyrell, this was the next book and I knew it would be good from the first one. When I started reading this book I couldn't stop reading it, the book was so good. The character in this book showed how he could make it through life without his family and take care of them while there father was gone. When his father got out he took over the family and everything even though he was in jail for a year or longer. Tyrell faced a lot of problems and tough decisions he had to make to con ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Ryan rated it liked it
I think the book, BRONXWOOD by Coe Booth, was an ok book. In this book, the main character, Tyrell is trying to get away from all the bad things he has been doing. Like living with drug dealers and doing drugs and drinking. But its hard for him to get away, because he meets this girl that brings him right back to what he was doing before. I think this book is an ok book because I didn't really enjoy it that much. Another reason would be because it's not really something I am into. So that is wha ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Barbd rated it really liked it
Very realistic teen main character with some tough problems in his life - how to support himself, an abusive father, neglectful mother, and a brother in the foster care system. Most of the solutions he tries cause more problems. It's fascinating to watch this character mature at a very believable rate and begin to find his way through the mess. In the course of a few months, he grows up a little, figures some things out, and starts to take some steps toward a future - no miracles, just really gr ...more
Sep 24, 2010 Kambui rated it it was amazing
Devontae Roberson
Feb 19, 2016 Devontae Roberson rated it really liked it
In the Book Bronx wood that was written by author Coe Booth the main character is a 16 year old boy named Tyrell who goes through a series of drama and trouble Through out the story. He starts off his story when his father was just released from prison and after he finds out and meet up with him after a year behind bars his life began to change and go back to the way in started. Also his younger brother troy is in foster care and Tyrell he has on way of getting him out without their father. Also ...more
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