Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam Review

I was recommended this book by a booktoker and it has been some time since I last read a written in verse book so let’s see what this book has got to offer.

The story that I thought

was my life

didn’t start on the day

I was born

Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white.

The story that I think

will be my life

starts today

Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?

Taken from goodreads

Instantly as soon as I started reading I knew I was going to be hooked on this story. With the mixture of having a powerful message to get across and have the book written in verse just made me want to power through it and see what the author has to offer. That is exactly what I did as I finished this book in one sitting, from 10:30pm last night to 1:45am this morning I didn’t put the book down as I was invested in everything that was going on.

The writing was simply masterful and you can instantly see why the author has won award after award.

I think having it written in verse has made the book better than it possibly could have been if written the traditional way. This is because one of the main messages that it was trying to get across was just how important art is to some people as well as how it allows people to express their feelings and what better way to show that then writing in an art form.

Trust me on this and give the book a go, if you need to save up to be able to buy it then please do, trust me it will be one of the best books you will read in your lifetime, if not then try and borrow from a library or a friend. Whatever you have to do then please just read this book and support the author.

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