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Dodgers by Bill Beverly
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it was amazing

I've never read anything quite like this before. East is a 15-year-old boy living in a cardboard box in the basement of his drug addict mother's house in a deprived area of LA. He runs a team of lookouts defending a drug house. After his team fails to see a drug raid coming, East - who has never left his neighbourhood - is ordered to drive across the country with his 13-year-old half-brother and two other youngsters to shoot a witness in a drug trial. Unsurprisingly, things don't go to plan.

So Dodgers turns out to be a deeply personal coming-of-age novel, with East at its centre, against a background of crime, deprivation and America. It's written in the sparingly tight prose of many classic American novels, but with the detail required to make even the minor characters believable. This is a book that I'll remember for a long time to come - and will definitely read again at some point.
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Reading Progress

July 2, 2016 – Shelved
July 2, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
August 12, 2016 – Started Reading
August 21, 2016 – Finished Reading

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