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Jul 15, 2021ecwetzel rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I found this book difficult to read since is it based on an actual place but I'm glad I pushed through. This book opened my eyes to yet another way our society has affected too many of our citizens.
Jun 16, 2021Joyinlit rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Loved the novel and the way the story was told but hated the story that was inspired by the real reform school for boys in Florida. I was very surprised at the ending. Totally unexpected and very clever. Elwood's code: "There are people…
Jun 07, 2021MarshMeyer rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Another good, gut & heart wrenching novel by Colson Whitehead. The conversation, whether spoken or just in the thoughts of Elwood Curtis, carries along the story from one place to another and one period of time to another with some big…
May 24, 2021Liber_vermis rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I was puzzled by the cover of this novel. How could the two boy figures have shadows that merged into a single shadow? It defies the laws of physics. But the surprise ending of this gripping novel reveals how the laws of society can be…
May 15, 2021BARosen1112 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Colson Whitehead's 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner (his previous novel, The Underground Railroad, also took a Pulitzer for best novel 2 years earlier) delivers a punch to the gut like nothing I've experienced before from a novel. This slender…
Apr 28, 2021JCLCherylMY rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
You know a book's good when you think about it days after you finish it. This novel is one of those books. Although it's a fictional account of a boys reform school in segregated Florida in 1963, it depicts the real life horrors of what…
Apr 11, 2021uncommonreader rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Who are these people who can treat children with such cruelty and brutality? A devastating account based on an actual prison for children.
Mar 13, 2021dschirmer rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This is the second book I have read by Colson Whitehead- I have enjoyed both. The Nickel Boys is a work of fiction that depicts a horrific part of history. I was mortified that I did not know about the history of the Dozier School until…
Mar 08, 2021cknightkc rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Once again, author Colson Whitehead demonstrates his exceptional storytelling skills with the book THE NICKEL BOYS. This historic fiction is mostly set in a notorious boys’ reform school, Nickel Academy, in Jim Crow-era Florida. The…
Feb 21, 2021aron_spector rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I was highly moved by this story. In particular, I was sickened, yet again by how so many took advantage of that racist system for their own benefit and how they were able to crush dissent. The main character is painted as a talented…
Feb 21, 2021graybear1 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This was chilling for me to read because I lived for almost a year in the town of Marianna, FL and for a short time my (then) brother-in-law worked at the Dozier Boys School, the place upon which this heartbreaking novel is based. His…
Jan 10, 2021BertBailey rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This excellent short novel becomes almost uninvolving when it reaches its dramatic climax, considering the dramatic subject matter, although never for a moment does it come close to becoming boring (as another reviewer affirms). Based on…
Dec 29, 2020kaitoryn rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
This is one of those books that make me feel almost apologetic for not enjoying them. The subject matter of The Nickel Boys is, without a doubt, a harrowing, shameful aspect of American history (or even its present.) What Elwood and the…
Nov 04, 2020jacherin rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A good true story. The ending was a surprise. The lives of black boys put into detention is very sad and explains some of the feelings of black lives matter.
Oct 28, 2020JohnSmith99 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Definitely worth reading (or listening to). This short and powerful book does a great job giving the reader an idea of the violence suffered at the "school", while not going into too much detail.
Oct 27, 2020
The Nickel Boys follows the perspective of two young men: Elwood and Turner, currently enrolled in a juvenile reform school. The readers witness the haunting tragedies behind the gates of the school through glimpses of racial injustice and…
Oct 25, 2020NANCY ELIZABETH WHITLATCH rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
This story is based on Florida's Dozier School for Boys, a notorious place that boys were sent to for a multitude of reasons. None that I could imagine warranted the treatment they had to endure. This is a book of fiction, but after…
Oct 19, 2020hamerkop rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
In this fictional reimagining of the realities of life within an actual Florida Prison Reformatory for Boys, the author, has captured the universal experience of children incarcerated. While the setting and events presented mirror that of…
Aug 29, 2020JoanStahlmann rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Great read. Sobering to think that such a place could exist and to realize how a well-brought up young black man with a supportive mom was placed there.
Aug 28, 2020mclarjh rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Clumsy, brutish storytelling; juvenile.
Aug 23, 2020NMostacada rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
This was a really good book in that it’s based on a story that is not well known but is really important. Elrond is a young black ambitious student who was wrongly accused of a crime and therefore sent to a “reformatory school” which…
Aug 22, 2020
Pulitzer 2020
Jul 31, 2020blue_wolf_1546 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I liked this book. This is the first time I've ever commented publicly on a book, but The Nickel Boys is just that good. There's a truth in this novel that just so sobering, and I'm glad it won the Pulitzer Prize this year, I do believe it…
Jul 20, 2020ryankegley rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The Dozier School for Boys was a reform school in Marianna, Florida that operated for 111 years until a failed inspection in 2009 led to investigations that uncovered a history of abuse, beatings, rape, torture, and murder. It was closed…
Jul 09, 2020tracycherry rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Ok book. Based on a terrible situation.