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The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead

31 reviews

ellalucys's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0


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surefinewhatever_'s review against another edition

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dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

I’m still processing my thoughts & feelings regarding this book. Colson Whitehead is a master at his craft and writes such horrible scenes so beautifully. There was a moment near the end where my jaw dropped and tears filled my eyes. Not to mention that I think this novel had the best first line I’ve ever read, stating “Even in death the boys were trouble.”  Be sure to check out the long list of content warnings before reading.

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caitlin_bookchats's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0


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lkbooks's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional informative sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0


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lexichrist578's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25

I thought this book was rather plain in reference to the books that have been put out prior. It just sounded like a repeat, in my opinion. If you like the concept of this book, I would recommend Black Boy by Richard Wright or Invisible man by Ralph Ellison. Same vibe, better execution

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badmom's review against another edition

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dark emotional hopeful informative inspiring reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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cjc's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

I really enjoy the themes conveyed in The Nickel Boys, but ultimately I believe it fell flat. I consistently was engaged with the characters and their stories; my heart wept at the injustices and smiled at the triumphs. The reoccurring Dr. Martin Luther King speeches were amazing and conveyed a wide breadth of relevant emotion. But I didn’t really enjoy the book holistically. To me, it seemed like a jumble of ideas, concepts, and injustices - all valid, but arranged in such a manner that simply wasn’t poignant. I don’t want to downplay the tragedies faced by boys in similar situations, however long ago, but it remains that this particle novel fell flat. Whitehead had a unique prose that is both descriptive and focused which I enjoyed, but the culmination of the varied ideas didn't amaze me in the end. While the plot did captivate me, I wish I read a different book broaching the same themes.

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ladysanctuary's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional informative reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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flykites's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No
This book made me cry a lot toward the end. I’m using this to log my opinion so spoilers to follow :
Spoiler I think what broke my heart was the fact Elwood shouldn’t have been there he thought he’d be the martyr as he wrote the letter which only led to his demise and eventual death. He was only following what his hero’s were saying and the bravery in their actions he wanted reform and he thought he could do it. His hope was such a beautiful thing he really thought it’d all be ok. I said in my journal entries that he kept thinking optimistically that he would be out he should keep his head down and go through the motions. It didn’t work for him. I cried a lot when we found out Turner was using his name that he ended up in the old hotel where Elwood worked. It hit me for it to come full circle like that. He only wanted to learn and go to college and it was taken from him. All from him. He had optimism that it would be ok they got out of there briefly but it wasn’t enough and my heart aches. It’ll leave a lasting impact and impression for certain

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everyotherpageorso's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.75

A breathtaking and heartbreaking narrative. The ending really grabs you! Whitehead is incredible!

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