Nicole G.'s Reviews > The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
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bookshelves: 2020, nonfiction, lgbt, true-crime

While an important topic, the writing style was not to my liking.

This story deals with two teenagers, Sasha and Richard, in Oakland, California. Sasha identifies as agender and attends a predominantly white, middle-class private school. Richard is an African-American boy who attends one of the less well off high schools. The only time these teens' lives intersect is on the 57 bus, which also has adults among its passengers.

One day, Richard flicks a lighter at Sasha's skirt while they doze on the bus, thinking, as he said later, that it would be a small thing, a goof, quickly going out and just waking the teen up. Instead, their skirt bursts into flame and the situation turns serious quite quickly.

This story touches on so much - gender identity, the impetuous nature of youth, the justice system's perception of young black men. Therefore it's an important read.

However, it is geared toward a young adult audience, and the short burst style of chapters rather got on my nerves.

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Reading Progress

September 12, 2019 – Shelved
September 12, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
January 11, 2020 – Started Reading
January 12, 2020 – Shelved as: 2020
January 12, 2020 – Shelved as: nonfiction
January 12, 2020 – Finished Reading
January 25, 2020 – Shelved as: lgbt
January 25, 2020 – Shelved as: true-crime

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