A memoir of a young man who grew up too fast on the streets, without a father, and attempting to mediate his mother’s mental illness. Salimu assumed the role of father-figure for his younger brother and with wisdom beyond his years made decisions that helped him avoid the traps of most homeless youth surrounded by gang violence. The story shines a light on inequality in this country and the violence of Salimu’s experiences will shock the reader.
I recommend experiencing this as an audiobook, the author narrates with beautiful rhythm, tempo, and organic emotions.
I was given an early release copy of this audiobook on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Publication for this audiobook is set for August 31, 2020. If you like Jason Reynolds, I think you will like this book.