The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Based upon the true, and horrifying, stories of the Dozier School for Boys, Whitehead chronicles the story of Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in the Jim Crow South amidst the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. Elwood has kept himself out of trouble, and he's even preparing to take college classes as a high school student, when one innocent mistake turns his life around. Sentenced to serve time at the Nickel Academy, a reform school for boys, Elwood quickly learns that his intellect and ideals will only get him into more trouble, and with the help of his friend, Turner, he learns how to play the Nickel game in order to survive. But when the corruption and horrors reach a tipping point, Elwood can't just ignore it, and his actions set into motion disastrous repercussions.
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