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All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers
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May 17, 2012

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bookshelves: 1age-junior-high, urban
Read from May 17 to 21, 2012

The summer after his father is killed in a random shooting, Paul gets an internship working in a soup kitchen and mentoring a basketball player with her eyes on the WNBA. Elijah, who runs the soup kitchen, teaches Paul about the social contract and making tasty food. Paul, in the meantime is caught between Elijah and Sly, a smooth talking gangster from Harlem.

I like the premise of this book, all about the social contract, but it was a little heavy handed for me. Paul and Elijah spend most of the book debating the social contract and if it applies today. I wish Myers would have let the reader come to Paul's conclusions more naturally, a little less contrived.

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