Green by Sam Graham-Felsen

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Read Green Online Free - A novel of race and privilege in America that you haven't seen before: a coming-of-age story about a life-changing friendship, propelled by an exuberant, unforgettable voice.

"This isn't some Jedi bull****; the force I'm talking about is real, and its energies are everywhere, working on everyone."

Boston, 1992. David Greenfeld is one of the few white kids at the Martin Luther King Middle School. Everybody clowns him, girls ignore him, and his hippie parents won't even buy him a pair of Nikes, let alone transfer him to a private school. Unless he tests into the city's best public high school--which, if practice tests are any indication, isn't likely--he'll be friendless for the foreseeable future.

Nobody's more surprised than Dave when Marlon Wellings sticks up for him in the school cafeteria. Mar's a loner from the public housing project on the corner of Dave's own gentrifying block, and he confounds Dave's assumptions about black culture: He's nerdy and neurotic, a Celtics obsessive whose favorite player is the gawky, white Larry Bird. Together, the two boys are able to resist the contradictory personas forced on them by the outside world, and before long, Mar's coming over to Dave's house every afternoon to watch vintage basketball tapes and plot their hustle to Harvard. But as Dave welcomes his new best friend into his world, he realizes how little he knows about Mar's. Cracks gradually form in their relationship, and Dave starts to become aware of the breaks he's been given--and that Mar has not.

Infectiously funny about the highs and lows of adolescence, and sharply honest in the face of injustice, Sam Graham-Felsen's debut is a wildly original take on the struggle to rise in America.

Title : Green
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ISBN : 0399591141
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Navidad rated it ★★★★★

March 05, 2018

See my EXCLUSIVE interview with the author, Sam Graham-Felsen here! I will be surrounded by dudes like this for the rest of my life. White boys and white girls who grew up behind whitewashed fences, who grew up with no idea, for the rest of my life. The force preordained it: Not only will I be sur...

Larry rated it ★★★☆☆

November 29, 2017

I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "I am the white boy at the Martin Luther King Middle. Well, one of two. Kev, my oldest friend and the biggest dick I know, is the other. But if you had to pick just one, it'd be me. There are a few other white kids in the system (unless you count Boston Latin as a publ...

Esil rated it ★★★★☆

November 12, 2017

Green is definitely going to elicit a broad range of reactions. It takes on a fraught topic, and does so without providing easy answers. But despite a few reservations, I found myself fully emotionally engaged -- even teary at times. David is 12 years old, describes his parents as old school hipp...

Liz rated it ★★★★☆

December 11, 2017

3.5 stars, rounded up David Greenfeld is one of two white kids at MLK Middle School in 1992 Boston. Poor soul with his blond hair and blue eyes sticks out like a sore thumb. At least the other white kid is good at basketball. The beginning of the book threw me, with this white kid talking black ki...

Trish rated it ★★★★★

January 11, 2018

One reason this debut novel succeeds so very well are the layers. It can be enjoyed by teens but just as well by adults. Race, religion, ethnicity, family dynamics, growing up, sexual awakenings, being harassed, winning admiration, feeling out of place, making friends and losing them…all these th...

Jill rated it ★★★★★

October 21, 2017

I’m not usually big on reading books that take on race issues because, you know. Some of them are truly appropriation – white guys acting like they know everything about the black experience. Others are cloyingly politically correct, or saccharine in their plot development. So it was an absolute s...

AnisaAnne rated it ★★★★☆

August 19, 2017

You can also read my review on WP: ****4.5 stars**** This story made me laugh out loud but also broke my heart. Growing up in Boston, the year is 1992. David Alexander Greenfeld aka "Green" feels like the only white boy at Martin Luthar King Middle. That is n...

Ken rated it ★★★★☆

January 07, 2018

I read Green mostly because the setting was Boston in the 1990s. Didn't realize it was YA until I had it in my hands. It's another study on race (which have flourished under the Trump regime and because of it), with a white protagonist, David Greenfield (a.k.a. "Green") and his black best bud, Ma...

Glitterbomb rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 30, 2018

This book did absolutely nothing for me. Actually, I lie. It annoyed me. Quite a bit. Don't expect a well thought out review, because you're not going to get one. Much like this book, with its random mish-mash of themes and no clear plot, this review will also be disjointed and will probably cont...

Char rated it ★★★★☆

January 01, 2018

3.5/5 Stars! Every once in a while, I choose or wish for a book on NetGalley solely due to the description and GREEN was one of those books. 12 year old David Greenfeld, aka Green, is nearly the only white boy in Martin Luther King Middle School in the early 90's. As such, he is subject to harassm...

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