FRIDAY BOOK SHARING!
First off, the cover was intriguing: the outline of a gun, knitted in bright stripes. Woah. When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds definitely grabs your attention and holds it, as you meet an array of interesting and complex characters, all in Ali’s neighborhood. The neighborhood also includes drugs and guns, but these things don’t interest Ali or his friends Noodles and Needles. They have their own ambitions and interests, which don’t include the gang lifestyle. Ali’s mother and sister are both remarkable and interesting, with intelligence and a little bit of sass on the side. With Ali’s family and friends, these boys manage to make the right decisions even when things are tough. This is definitely a book about heart and friendship, the kind of friends that have your back and keep you true to yourself, faults and all. I thoroughly enjoyed Ali’s story and I can easily see why young readers will want read his story. As to be expected with Jason Reynolds, a great read overall with characters that stay with you after you set down the book. *Note: I listened to this book on Audible and it kept my attention! The voice!