Thursday, March 26, 2015
Book Review: "The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander
Josh is a smart and sensitive kid, passionate about basketball and his family. He tells his story in vibrant verse - I loved the way the words danced and played on the page. You can feel his excitement when he's on the court, and his confusion and loneliness as he feels left behind by his twin brother. Early on in the book, circumstances force Josh part with something which he had tied to his identity. This is just the start of him rediscovering this older version of himself - the one who might like to have a girlfriend, who misses his brother, and who worries about his father. This is just a great story told in a wonderful way. I am so glad I finally read this! I do wish I hadn't finished reading this at work though, because I wanted to freedom to cry at the anticipated yet heartbreaking ending.
I have already given this to younger teens who requested "sports books" with success. There have been a few times when a reluctant reader was intrigued by the fact this is written in verse, like a rap. I would also suggest this is readers looking for male characters or are interested in friendship/family stories.
by Kwame Alexander
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014