Things usually do not go as planned for seventeen-year-old Noah. He and his best friend Walt (aka Swing) have been cut from the high school baseball team for the third year in a row, and it looks like Noahs love interest since third grade, Sam, will never take it past the best friend zone. Noah would love to retire his bat and accept the status quo, but Walt has big plans fo...
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unfortunately couldn't really get into this one
3.5 stars for this one, much to love but also much that could have been left out for the story to come alive more. The ending while heart wrenching came out of nowhere and seemed like it didn’t fit. It will be interesting to see how my students react to this one.
I love all thing Kwame Alexander. I always try to get my hands on the audio to listen to him narrate. The ending had me in tears as the staccato narration by Noah explains what he is hearing in the climatic ending.
They do it again!!
I’m always amazed that Kwame & Mary evoke such depth of emotion from so few words. This book is full of memorable characters and will leave you changed.
At one point in the story I did think there were too many plot points happening that diluted the story slightly but they tie them up, if not happily, then succinctly.
This is a story that will stick with me and is easy to champion for, much like this team’s book Solo and Kwame’s books overall. An accessible and essential vo ...more
Virtuoso Kwame Alexander again reminds me that a flowery vocabulary isn't necessary to reach in and grab someone by their soul, force them to take note. This story of two teen boys trying to hug life and find cool is hilarious at times, infuriating at times, and arresting throughout, never more so than when addressing the senseless injustice that exists in our nation. One thing that makes this novel so extraordinary, though, is that these boys who experience this hatred both directly and indirec ...more
I read an ARC via NetGalley. Kwame Alexander is a fabulous writer whose prose are intelligent and engaging. Walt (AKA Swing) and Noah are lovelorn high school boys who are passionate about many things, including baseball, jazz, art, and ladies. While neither boy is great at baseball, they strive to be their best selves. I liked that they didn’t feel an obligation to fit in to stereotypical high school roles.
The story follows their ups and downs with relationships and how they each find outlets ...more
Kwame Alexander is a gift to YA literature. He brings readers like me, a middle aged white adult, to a world I know only from the media, making me feel like I was part of Noah’s community. For teenage YA readers, his books have wider appeal, including for reluctant readers who have yet to find stories and writing styles to engage them. SWING tackles issues of friendship, family, mental illness, dreams, sports, music and the scary realities of a rush to judgment.
I recommend anything he writes.
The story line felt really disjointed compared to his other stuff. The "plot" was scattered, the ending felt forced and unncessary kind of like it was trying to fit in with the "police violence / racial profiling / black lives matter" issues that have become more and more prevalent in YA literature.
I did like the jazz, baseball, and art influence and how the characters' interests in these aspects influenced the writing and prose itself.
Overall it felt like a Swing...and a foul ball. Close but ...more