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The Hustle by Doug Merlino
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Jan 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads, read-2011
Read from January 28 to February 01, 2011

I am very pleased that I won this book. The Hustle is not typical of a book that I would normally read, but something in the description peaked my interest. I am happy to say I was not disappointed. The Hustle is definitely a Good Read!

Merlino explores the issues of race, class, and education in Seattle, both on a personal and societal level. Merlino's writing style is engaging and held my interest throughout. I really liked that the book was not a memoir looking back on the experimental basketball team that he played with as a teenager. He explored how race and class affected himself and his teammates, and then explored how those issues and experiences tied into issues that were affecting communities as a whole. The book serves as another reminder of how broken the American educational system is and the impacts that access to education (or lack thereof) can have on individuals and society as a whole.

I would definitely recommend this book!

I recieved this book through Good Read's first reads giveaway.
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