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All American Boys
Transcript of All American Boys
All American Boys
by Daniel Newton and Dawson Burgess
Concise Plot Summary
All American Boys is a novel that looks at police brutality from the perspectives of two high school classmates: Rashad, who is savagely beaten by a local policeman who (wrongly) suspects him of shoplifting and assaulting a white woman in a convenience store, and Quinn, who sees the beating and initially pretends he didn't. It's a fictional reflection of real-life police encounters with young black men that ended badly.
Jason Reynolds: He loves stories and books and after earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, he moved to Brooklyn. He walks around town and rides the subway to get new ideas for plot line and books, and repeats them to himself until he gets home so he doesn't forget. Jason is the author of critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. He also received the Coretta Scott King Honor for All American Boys and Boy in the Black Suit which he co-wrote with Brendan Kiely.
Originally from the Boston area, Brendan Kiely now resides with his wife in Greenwich Village. He received an MFA in creative writing from The City College of New York. His debut novel, The Gospel of Winter, has been published in ten languages, it was also very successful and selected as one of American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015. He coauthored, with Jason Reynolds, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award winning All American Boys, and author of the forthcoming The Last True Love Story.
Introduction to Main Characters
Rashad: a young African American teen, who participates in ROTC and has a mother, father and older brother.
Quinn: a young white teen who plays basketball. His father died in war, leaving his brother, mother, and him
This is a teen thriller/drama that deals with real life and recent issues:police brutality. Police Brutality has become an increasingly rising problem especially here today in america. In Spite of the recent shootings and beatings, the authors decided to write this book to try and help stand up against police brutality and racial targeting of african americans.
Rashad getting brutally and unnecessarily beaten by the police officer
Quinn witnessing the beating to face difficult decisions and serious consequences they had never thought of before.g and the entire process being caught on camera.
The basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. Along with them, the school starts to. Followed by the town. Simmering tensions threaten to burst as Rashad and Quinn are forced to decide which side to be on
All American Boys addresses the controversial, heavy issue of police brutality and race by giving two different perspectives within the two main characters. It incorporates a “die-in” form of protest towards the end, which many are discouraged by school coaches not to attend. Is not attending the protest and being a bystander assisting the crime? Read All American Boys and decide for yourself.
The conflicts in All American Boys leave the reader with apprehension. Suspense and fear can be found in the police brutality conflict from both character’s perspectives. In the hospital, the reader feels helpless and depressed along with Rashad. In the protest, the reader feels anxious of militarized police presence, and empowered within the throngs of protesters.
Booklist Starred Review
"With Reynolds writing Rashad’s first-person narrative and Kiely Quinn’s, this hard-edged, ripped-from-the-headlines book is more than a problem novel; it’s a carefully plotted, psychologically acute, character-driven work of fiction that dramatizes an all-too-frequent occurrence. Police brutality and race relations in America are issues that demand debate and discussion, which this superb book powerfully enables."