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The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead

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reading_rainbow_with_chris's review against another edition

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

4.5

 
“The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead
A young Black boy, bright and eager to take on the world, is captured by police and sent to the Nickel Academy on a misunderstanding and a miscarriage of justice. Although Nickel sells itself as a reformatory school, the truth for Black boys is far darker. Colson Whitehead has crafted here a searing novel which draws attention to the racism inherent to institutions, the deeply ingrained physical and psychological violence of racist prison logic regardless of what the specific institution and buildings are known as. I found this to be an engrossing novel which translated well to audiobook format and will leave me pondering the state of “post-racism” America for quite some time. My one concern is that I did not feel emotionally engaged with this novel. It was startling, thought-provoking, and crafted to perfection. Yet I did feel as if I was being kept at an arm’s length, as if Whitehead wanted us to maintain a critical distance. It was a highly effective book regardless of this distance. I highly recommend this book, though it certainly does not need my endorsement as it has become in the short time since its publication a modern classic. 

 

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bigraymond's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad tense medium-paced

5.0


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challenging dark emotional reflective sad tense medium-paced
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Heartbreaking and important. 

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aericsson's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional informative reflective sad medium-paced
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  • 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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allie89's review against another edition

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dark informative inspiring sad medium-paced
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

5.0


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chelregel's review against another edition

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informative reflective sad tense medium-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? It's complicated

5.0

Without spoiling anything, this book wrecked me. I’m sitting here now just dwelling on how sad it is, only to be horrified at the fact that it’s based on reality. This is my first Colson Whitehead book, but not my last. Even though you don’t spend a lot of time getting to know every character, I still felt deeply connected to the story that was told. Everyone should read this book. 

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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
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  • 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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laure_d's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.5


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