This book review of The Crossover is brought to you by Book Boy Jr (12).
Title: The Crossover
Author: Kwame Alexander
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
About the book
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a blend of hip-hop poetry and normal text. It follows the story of JB (Josh Bell to his mother), a young basketball talent, who is progressing in his sports career when an unfortunate mishap causes his father to be hospitalised. It only makes him work harder.
What I thought
I really liked The Crossover. It was a book I borrowed from the school library during reading time and couldn’t put it down. I ended up taking it home to read, and it was here that I found out how much I really loved the book.
The hip hop-style poetry really keeps it flowing and exciting and my love of basketball really fuelled it for me as well. It was a good story.
I recommend The Crossover by Kwame Alexander to anyone from 9+ just because some of the words are harder to understand and it deals with some pretty grown-up things towards the end.
All in all, I thought this was a really good read for both boys and girls. Although I think boys would like it more mostly because JB is a male character. JB is really likeable and the world he lives in is exciting and different. The ending of the book was completely gripping and unexpected. As the story builds towards it, you won’t be able to stop reading.
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