The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead with J.D. Jackson (Narrator)

fiction historical literary emotional reflective sad medium-paced

6 hours, 45 minutes | first published 2019

Description

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling follow-up to The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform schoo...
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Moods

dark 82%
sad 75%
emotional 72%
challenging 47%
reflective 44%
tense 33%
informative 26%
inspiring 5%
mysterious 4%
adventurous 3%
hopeful 3%
funny 1%
lighthearted 0%

Pace

medium 67%
fast 19%
slow 13%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 52% | Character: 34% | Plot: 13%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 6% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 41% | No: 4% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 7% | No: 3% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 36% | It's complicated: 31% | No: 29% | N/A: 3%

Average rating

4.3