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The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead

6 reviews

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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vivboyd98's review against another edition

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dark 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? It's complicated

4.0


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miachalupa's review against another edition

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challenging emotional reflective slow-paced

3.5


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rsteve388's review against another edition

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dark emotional informative mysterious sad tense fast-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? It's complicated

5.0

Wow! What a story. Historical fiction about a reformatory schools for boys who undergo atrocities that break the human spirit. Sexual abuse, physical abuse, whippings. This story was laid out so well, that the ending is shocking but not surprising. What an excellent story. 

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gm_vak's review against another edition

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

5.0


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nibs's review against another edition

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

5.0

I picked up this book because it was recommended by John and Hank Green on a podcast, as being painful but also super important to read. Seeing it was by Colson Whitehead and that it won the Pulitzer Prize in 2020 brought it to the top of my to read list. 

This book was painful to read, but I knew that going in. It is so well-crafted - it could be twice the length if it wanted to be, there are so many stories to tell and the characters are so fleshed out - but condensing it makes it pack more of a punch. Elwood's fierce hope in people and justice is so relatable and powerful, with the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr echoing through his head. But we also relate to Turner's lack of trust in anyone, since when the world is against you that seems to be the safest option. 

In the end, powerful people exert their power on vulnerable people, and they either don't realise, don't care or relish in it. And that is still very much happening today. American segregation is gone, but racism and the systemic echoes of it still exist. 

When I first started reading it, I was so upset by the injustice of the whole situation. But as I got engrossed in the book, it switched to more directly empathising with the characters and their immediate emotions, which hits you  in a different way. 

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