The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead

212 pages first pub 2019 (editions)

fiction historical literary dark emotional sad medium-paced

Description

Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown ...

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Moods

dark 80%
sad 77%
emotional 70%
challenging 44%
reflective 43%
tense 34%
informative 27%
inspiring 5%
adventurous 4%
hopeful 4%
mysterious 4%

Pace

medium 65%
fast 21%
slow 13%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 53% | Character: 34% | Plot: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 19% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 36% | 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?

No: 35% | It's complicated: 31% | Yes: 29% | N/A: 3%

Average rating

4.3

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