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Dough Boys by Paula Chase
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it was amazing

Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Greenwillow Books for an eARC of this book.

ALL THE STARS!! So Done was one of my favorite books last year, and Dough Boys will be on this year's list.

This story take place in the same location, with many of the same characters, but is told from the perspectives of Simp and Rollie. Both play on the basketball team in their neighborhood, but their coach is also a drug dealer. The two have been friends for many years, but Rollie's acceptance into a music program with TAG is giving him chance to see opportunities beyond what the coach has to offer. Simp wants Rollie to stick with him and rise to new levels with him, but he's also worried about watching his little brother, Dre, rise up the ranks right behind him. Both boys are trying to figure out what it is they want, together and apart, before decisions are made for them.

What I love best about this book how much I feel like I experience when it's told from two perspectives. Life for kids in this housing project is complex, and there are many factors pushing and pulling them in multiple directions. The author helps the reader feel empathy for the characters, and I feel like I learn so much that's real, but that many of us never get to see or understand about Black kids.

Highly recommended for upper middle grade readers
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Reading Progress

January 1, 2019 – Shelved
January 1, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
February 15, 2019 – Started Reading
February 16, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Afoma Umesi Ahhhh I can’t wait to get into this!!

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Namrata Telugu Great to know you enjoyed it!

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