Green

Green

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Boston, 1992. David Greenfeld is one of the few white kids at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School. Everybody clowns him, girls ignore him, and his hippie parents won't even buy him a pair of Nikes, let alone transfer him to a private school. Unless he tests into the city's best public high school--which, if practice tests are any indication, isn't likely--he'll be friendless for the foreseeable future. Nobody's more surprised than Dave when Marlon Wellings sticks up for him in the school cafeteria. Mar's a loner from the public housing project on the corner of Dave's own gentrifying block, and he confounds Dave's assumptions about black culture: He's nerdy and neurotic, a Celtics obsessive whose favorite player is the gawky, white Larry Bird. Before long, Mar's coming over to Dave's house every afternoon to watch vintage basketball tapes and plot their hustle to Harvard. But as Dave welcomes his new best friend into his world, he realizes how little he knows about Mar's. Cracks gradually form in their relationship, and Dave starts to become aware of the breaks he's been given--and that Mar has not.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399591143
0399591141
Branch Call Number: Fiction Gra
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 22 cm

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sameyeiz
Mar 23, 2018

It is said to never judge a book by its cover. But, I have to admit the cover of "Green" was one of the reasons I picked it up. I was in no way disappointed. Sam Graham Felson's first novel tells the story of David, a middle school boy trying to find his way through life. He's Jewish, but only sort of. He's one of the few white kids at his school. He's trying his best to grow up, but is scared to death. "Green" is a wonderful book that weaves together 1990s culture and the Boston Celtics into a unique coming of age tale.

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