Reviews tagging Forced institutionalization

The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead

30 reviews

bigraymond's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad tense medium-paced

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
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • 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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oliviakae's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective sad tense 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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wildwoila's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective 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? It's complicated

5.0

Based on the history of a brutal boys home under Jim Crow. Nuanced critique of Rev King's call to love thy oppressor. Devastating, but with some small consolations.

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heymelissaleigh's review against another edition

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dark emotional informative reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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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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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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eileenaf's review against another edition

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inspiring sad 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? Yes

3.75


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