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Rooftop by Paul Volponi
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bookshelves: coming-of-age, death, drugs, grief, violence, ya-fiction, abe-award-nominee, urban-street-lit
Read from February 09 to 13, 2010

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, a rookie cop shoots and kills Addison while Clay watches. Addison is unarmed, yet Clay knows he faked having a gun and taunted the cops with shooting them. Clay lives with this knowledge as Addison dies and the New York population wants revenge and justice.

Rooftop takes us on a journey into the lives of drug abusers, inner-city cops, and politicians jockeying for postion of top-dog. While Clay is coached into stretching the truth and lawyers are putting words into his mouth that aren't quite accurate, he struggles with staying loyal to Addison and his community and doing what is right.
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