Tuesday, October 21, 2014
How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
The bare bones of the story is ripped from the headlines but it becomes much more multilayered from there. At first there is just the lack of agreement amongst the narrators but as the book goes on the pressure of living in the neighborhood becomes the more central point. I was really saddened by Tariq's best friend struggling to stay clear of the gang but finding that he might not have any other choice. And was Tariq keeping his word that he would not ever join the gang or was he already in? It depends on which narrator you believe. A really thoughtful, honest look at life in a gang-ridden neighborhood that doesn't rely on stereotypes.