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

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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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