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  • Can Improved the good by your self

    This is a based on real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

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  • Shocking and Disturbing

    This is a shocking and deeply disturbing fictional read that takes place in the Nickel Academy in Tallahassee, Florida in the early 1960s. It is based on the happenings of the Dozier School for Boy also in Florida. Elwood Curtis worked for a number of years in a tobacco/candy shop to help pay for a college education. Elwood was looking forward to going off to college but he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and ended up being sentenced to the Nickel Academy. At the academy, he meets Turner and they become fast friends even though Turner is the exact opposite of Elwood. This was a very hard book to read at times and I had to put it down several times. I think this is a really good book and Author Whitehead did an excellent job writing it and I look forward to reading his other works.

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  • A Brutal Look Inside a Reform School for Boys

    I did not give this book four stars because I enjoyed it. In fact, it's an excruciatingly difficult book to finish and not for the fainthearted. Also, unusually powerful. And the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize. The Nickel Boys is based on a true story, something you learn more about in the author's afterword. The title refers to those youngsters who spent time at a Florida state reform school for boys. During the 1960s, both white and black boys are sent there, though they are housed and fed separately since this period coincides with Southern segregation. Those who run the school make no substantial effort at either education or rehabilitation. Instead, the boys provide endless hours of free labor while facing continual bullying and punishment. It's an institution where racism, sadism, sexual and physical abuse, and political corruption converge. The very reason why it's such a difficult book to read. These are teenagers, after all. The central character is the optimistic Elwood Curtis, unjustly sentenced to Nickel Academy and subjected to its brutality, whose only salvation comes from his deepening friendship with the skeptical Turner. How these two boys navigate a situation none of us would want to experience makes for a compelling story that is well-written. But certainly NOT fun.

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