First Impression Friday- The Nickel Boys

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First Impression Friday is hosted by J.W. Martin. I have decided to start posting these more regular, in lieu of WWW Wednesday.

First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther.

Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead



Doubleday was kind enough to send me an eARC of The Nickel Boys.  It is not released until July 16th, but I adored The Underground Railroad and I just could not wait.

I started The Nickel Boys a few days ago and let me start off by saying it is brilliant.  I would expect nothing less from Colson Whitehead.  He has a special way with words and he makes you care about the story from the first page.  I am not far in to the story because it is such a difficult and heartbreaking read.  My heart can only take it in small doses, which is odd because normally sad books do not affect me in this way.  I think part of it is knowing that Whitehead based that story on true events.  The injustice and abuse that these boys faced is devastating to read. Only a few chapters in and I already have such a connection to Elwood, our main character.  I can feel myself getting really heated when I read about his experience The Nickel Academy, and about the reason he ended up there in the first place.  It is so infuriating! I have not been this passionate about a book since I read The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton.

I predict that The Nickel Boys will be a five star read for me, and will end up on my favourites list at the end of the year.  This is a book that I can guarantee will win awards, and it will deserve them.


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