Way Past Cool

Way Past Cool Searing Honest Raw Oakland California The hood is divided by invisible lines but only those in the know can see them The Friends and the Crew two rival gangs form an uneasy truce against Deek and

  • Title: Way Past Cool
  • Author: Jess Mowry
  • ISBN: 9781590921722
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • Searing Honest Raw Oakland, California The hood is divided by invisible lines, but only those in the know can see them The Friends and the Crew, two rival gangs, form an uneasy truce against Deek and his drugs, his Uzis and his Trans Am Sixteen year old Ty is Deek s bodyguard, but hates Deek and what he represents All Ty wants is to keep his kid brother safe and prSearing Honest Raw Oakland, California The hood is divided by invisible lines, but only those in the know can see them The Friends and the Crew, two rival gangs, form an uneasy truce against Deek and his drugs, his Uzis and his Trans Am Sixteen year old Ty is Deek s bodyguard, but hates Deek and what he represents All Ty wants is to keep his kid brother safe and provide for his mom, but Deek is pushing him way past cool As Deek expands his territory by breaking the Rules, Ty s brother, Danny, forges an alliance of his own with Lyon a Friend and magic boy When Deek s double dealing threatens not just the Friends but Danny s life as well, the smoldering tensions explode into a violent confrontation forcing Ty to face his own fears in order to claim his power and decide what kind of a man he is destined to become.

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    1. Way Past Cool was the first -- perhaps the only -- novel of urban American black life in the early 1990's: the era of collapsed structures, lost dreams, dashed hopes, agonizing violence, and a level of rage that for white America is simply unfathomable. But, have things gotten any better?Way Past Cool is the story of 13-year-old boys who live alone in abandoned buildings, of 16-year-old single mothers, and of lives that make kids old by the time they graduate from junior high if they live that l [...]

    2. In Way Past Cool, a group of poor black kids in Oakland, California fight to keep their neighbourhood safe from the systemic rot of drug dealers and corrupt cops. Jess Mowry handles the subject with an adept balance of thoughtfulness and grit, but Mowry inescapably feels like a novice writer and, as a result, the milleu ends up poorly-realized.Cool is filled with compelling characters (teenage single mom Markita, in particular, breaks out of her cliche, feeling warm and fully-formed) and unflinc [...]

    3. Writers of Color Challenge #7This book is excellent but really stressful. As a white girl from Wisconsin I was really disturbed by the (albeit realistic) portrayal of 13-year old gang members in Oakland with guns. But the character building, story, and commentary on race/poverty all really resonated with me.The author, Jess Mowry, grew up in Oakland and was a voracious reader, but there were never any kids like him in the books he read, so now he writes books with those kids in them. Those kids [...]

    4. Way Past Cool was a great Fictional novel on how African American kids struggled throughout the 1990's in Oakland California. These struggles include drug dealing, gang bangin, murder, and both social and poverty problems. These terrible struggles all occur during these kids' middle school year. My favorite element of Way Past Cool is how it is a great way to get a first hand look on what really happens in the Oakland, CA "hood". This is demonstrated through the language, events, and culture of [...]

    5. Jess Mowry amazes me with the compassion with which he writes. His characters, Oakland gang members and drug dealers, are humanized in a way that I've never seen done by any other author. This book is not quite as masterful as his later novel Six Out Seven because he occasionally indulges in a bit of preaching, but I still highly recommend it, even 20 years after it was published.

    6. the book revolves around the life of a small drug gang trying to make it big. they then start to face bigger gangs fighting for terf dispite having no real guns. they then come into some help, this dude gave the gang soem uzi'sey edventualy go fight the other gange book wasnt good. i mostly read it becuase i needed too. i recomend it to no one.

    7. this book was sort of like a young adult novel, since its tone was a little parochial. but i think that is part of its strength since it is telling a young adult story. a bit like the outsiders in that sense. however, the elements of magical realism that the book adopts from afro-caribbean traditions was really something special and why this book has always stuck with me.

    8. A tough, gritty novel about teens trying to survive violence and drugs in an Oakland, CA neighborhood in the early 1990s. Suggested for high school and adult readers. -- Steve Fondiller, Irvington Teen Librarian

    9. Man, this was a heartbreaker! But it is really engaging--Mowry creates unforgettable and accessible characters. It does take place in the '80s, though, so it might seem kind of outdated to young readers. The Oakland setting still seems really fresh, though. Grades 8 and up.

    10. While Giancario Esposito performs an excellent reading, buyers should be aware this is an abridged version of the book.

    11. this book was beautiful the characters shouted at you to love them and couldn't help but do that. the story line was tragic and made you love the characters even more

    12. Beautiful story. Some of my students who hate reading LOVE this book and bragged about reading it to their peers.

    13. This is one of my favorite books because it kept me interested and always wondering what was going to happen next.

    14. Wow. Raw and powerfully written about African American boys growing up in Oakland in the 90's. Beautifully written and full of sorrow and strength. Highly recommended.

    15. I think probably my most favourite book ever. Hope fear love freidship and hard lives. So well written, so real. So recommended.

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