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The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead

103 reviews

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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tay_af's review

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dark emotional reflective sad tense slow-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? It's complicated

4.5

This book is incredibly good and incredibly sad. Excellently written, albeit very occasionally repetitive. A must read.
SpoilerThe ending in particular was very poignant: perfect writing. I sobbed.

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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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audra_spiven's review against another edition

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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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learivel's review against another edition

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emotional informative sad tense medium-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? Yes

3.75


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readthroughtheseasons's review against another edition

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challenging emotional 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? No

4.0


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ashleyscout's review against another edition

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

5.0


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