Underprivileged Overachiever: A Crenshaw Story
Readers unfamiliar with memoirs will be spoiled rotten by this book. These are quick short chapters with powerful impacts laced in every turn of the page.
"At age 14, I ran away, but not from home - because I never had one to begin with. At school I participated in every sport, club, and after-school activity, so that when
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This book was excellent. It's a memoir that shows what it was like for Yohance to grow up in poverty, living in a homeless shelter and working harder than anyone else to ensure that he has the opportunity to change the path that would only be too easy to follow.
It is honest and raw and shows how when teachers are supportive and students want to overcome adversity then they can succeed.
I don't really have the words to explain just how much I enjoyed reading this. I think every teacher s ...more
Underprivileged Overachiever is a memoir about Y.A. Salimu's life but specifically his life as a teenager making this a perfect YA read. He had a hard life as an Afro-Latinx teenager who was also homeless, he had to work 1k times harder than everyone else to achieve his dream and that he did. This is his story as he grows ...more
First things first, I have to mention that I listened to the audiobook of it, which was a totally unique experience. Being a memoir narrated by the author himself, he really put a lot of emotion into telling the story of his life. His narration really made the book come to life.
Nonetheless, I still found that the book dragged quite a bit for me (which might as well have been my own fault).
I did come into this book expecting it to ...more
I do not even know where to begin with this book. Underprivileged overachiever is an unapologetic memoir of Yohance (rhymes with Beyoncé, starts with a Y, like he says), where he tells us how his life was before becoming who he is now. He grew up being poor, but that did not stop him to fight against all odds and achieve what he wanted. It is narrated by Y. A. Salimu, the author, which made things 100 tim ...more
You got no idea how much competition is out there for writing a book. Imagine every high school classroom in the world has 5 people who are really good at reading and writing.
Well… the whole darn class will still end up writing a book 1 day. A couple of those books will actually be good.
I want to share with you what the judges of this competition: The Eric Hoffer Award, had to say about my book:
Prepare yourself because this book is raw! He seems to hold nothing back. Which in my opinion, makes the book better. There is good humor from multiple characters that kept me balanced and engaged. What I loved most about this book was the life wisdom provided in nearly every chapter.
This story will inspire others to preserver th ...more
Simultaneously a talented storyteller and a young man coming of age, his story occasionally shifts from gripping novel to raw ego, putting the reader right there in the city with him. Throughout the story, I found myself hoping and cheering and pushing for him to persevere, to get a break, to feel recognized. I couldn’t put it down, finish ...more
If you like Dear Martin, or Dear Justyce by Nic Stone you might like this one. Is similar but not as well written, a lot more football, hunger, toxic masculinity, but less violence.
Read both audio book and Ebook, and in summary audio is way better. It flows nicely and the right inflections in the voice make it better, as when you read it in a printed format the writing exposes it's fl ...more
Every time Yohance was mentioned i ...more
Growing up black and homeless in LA, the book primarily deals with the authors teenage years and his ability to overcome and excel in spite of everything he's been through. I applaud Salimu's honesty in sharing his experiences, especially being the victim of sexual assault. Men are actually more likely to be sexually assaulted, than to b ...more
"Underprivileged Overachiever" is indeed a shocking book that contains profanity, sexual content and a full-blown rape scene. Salimu also has quite a bit of ego that comes thr ...more
I'm thrilled that I listened to everyone else's advice and decided to listen to the audiobook. I can't picture just reading this story. Yohance reads his own story, which provides an element of closeness that you would miss while reading. The emotions you hear in his words help propel his story.
While there is language, sexual themes, and a CW of rape, all these are necessary and never feels done for shock factor. Yohance's story is a powerful one, and one that ne ...more
P.S. I can't wait for the next installment about his adventures at the ...more
This book is raw and real, which means it discusses some hea ...more
I received a copy of the book via Netgalley and a ...more
Underprivileged Overachiever is an important read, although it may be difficult for some to face. Salimu is raw and unflinching in his descriptions of homelessness, violence, and sexual assault while growing up in LA. This book will challenge you, making you face your own privilege. But there is beauty, humor, and happiness too, and you will find yourself rooting for this young man and his younger brother to succeed. The story is quick, rarely giving you a chance to catch ...more
Perseverance, determination, and confidence. These are the words that come to mind as I finish listening to this insightful memoir about growing up homeless in south Los Angeles. The author shares significant moments in his youth that could have ended differently, and most were based on the choices he made to c ...more
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