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The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty
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Aug 03, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

Wow. You know that quote about a book leaving you exhausted and feeling like you lived several lives? Well, this book did that for me. It was beyond absurd in parts and I understand that was part of the style. A satire, hyperbole galore. At times I felt like I was being smacked in the face with this unrealistic yet somehow accurate portrayal of growing up black. The vocabulary (part of the exaggeration) was fun, challenging, and ridiculous. Definitley helpful for anyone studying for the GRE or just looking to learn some new words. All in all, glad I read it. But now I have to decide what to do with all of it, the lessons, the emotions, the words, the exaggerations grounded in truth.

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