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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  678 Ratings  ·  139 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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Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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
Oct 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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
Jeremy Grove
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I'm on page 52 of 199 of Rooftop: so far in the book it is pretty interesting its about how kids that struggle or struggled with a drug problem and there all going to a drug program but two of the boys while they where young but there moms had stopped talking to each other and when that happened the both boys stopped the two boys stopped talking but at the program which is called daytop the two boys but into each other and now are hanging out and the way it sound it might not end up well for ei
Hailey Grohall
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a bit boring in the beginning but then got really interesting really fast.This is a great book and I recommend people to read it
Unique Morris
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jack Robertson
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I rated my book, “Rooftop” by Paul Volponi a 7/10 because it has an extremely interesting plot that I believe will keep the reader coming back for more. This can be seen when Volponi writes, “You got to choose, Clay: your family or drugs,”(Volponi 12). From this quote the reader can see that this character is facing the hardships of drug addiction which is a problem faced by many teens today which can spark up interest on this topic and this book. Lastly, the reason why I rated my book a 7/10 wa ...more
Leon Jackson
Jan 29, 2015 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
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Michael Garrett
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it

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
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
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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
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cousins Clay and Addison grew up in the projects and were like brothers. They even ended up in rehab together. Each has his own unique struggle, but when one bad decision causes a misunderstanding with tragic consequences, Clay is left to figure out how to move one. With characters that resonate and conflict that could be found in today's headlines, Rooftop is current and impactful.
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
Raheem Naughty
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
Elaine Tillotson
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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
Promise Aki
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
By Paul Volponi

Rooftop by Paul Volponi is about two black cousins named Addison and Clay gunned down on a rooftop by three white officers because accidently one officer mistakens a wallet for a gun. One night , one wrong decision leaves Addison dead and Clay scared for his life. This event angers the people but little do they know Clay has a secret he never told his family or anyone about what they were really doing on the rooftop that night.

I recommend this book to everyone because th
Kevin Gonzalez
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Addison and Casey (I think is the other character) were 2 cousins that really liked each other, until their family got into a huge argument and they had to split apart
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Fred Kirchner
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jake Benson
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Solid storyline and relevant to today. I didn't feel super connected to Addison, though, so it didn't shake me when he died.

It read, true to its genre, as a younger adult book. I say it like this because there are some young adult books that are intended for a more mature audience and those are the ones I like. I don't like when stories move too quickly through the plot and I like characters to be DEEP.

But, overall decent story since it's so relevant today.
Nathan K
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Olivia H
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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