Happy Friday everyone!
As you read this post I'll be on my way to Nova Scotia for a family wedding and I'm so excited! David is from a ( really ) big family so it will be great to celebrate the couple ( who are just the most fun and friendly people ) and party with the whole family. Of course, y'all know I'm packing some books!
Two weekends ago, David, my parents, and my grandfather all took to cabins on the coast, with no reception, no internet. It was pure reading bliss. As you know from my summer reading list, The Crossover was at the top of my to-read list so I knew I had to bring it with me. A lot of my students read and loved The Crossover this past school year so I wanted to give it a try. The first thing that I noticed was the format. It is told in free verse and it gives the book a different feel with an engaging rhythm.
The Crossover is about two boys whose lives revolve around basketball. Their father was a basketball star until a sudden injury and now lives vicariously through the boys' basketball careers. The boys, Josh and Jordan Bell, are twins but start to grow apart as their romantic and family lives become more complicated. At the end of the book there is a major event that is foreshadowed throughout that changes everything. This was probably my favorite part of the book because I felt myself becoming more engaged in the book and what happened to the characters. I did really like the unique format and I think if I liked basketball I would have liked the book a lot more.
You would like The Crossover if you like books that are . . .
in free verse
have a twist at the end
like poetry ( or even music / rap )
The Crossover would be a great book for hesitant readers, especially boys since the protagonists are male, and it is a quick, unique read. It's won the Coretta Scott King award and the Newberry medal so it's worth at least checking out.
Have you read The Crossover ? What did you think?
"'Have you really read all those books in your room?' Alaska laughing- 'Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.'" -John Green