First Impression Friday

First Impression Friday: Anger is a Gift

First Impression Friday is a meme created by J.W. Martin, where you give a few impressions of a book you have recently started, and predict what you will think at the end. It’s cool because you get to look back after finishing the book to see what you were thinking at the beginning!

I’ve read two chapters, and I am really excited for this book!

It follows the story of Moss, a sixteen year old, whose father was killed in front of him by an Oakland police officer when he was ten. The tragedy, along with the constant reminders of the event from the media and community, has left Moss to suffer from panic attacks.

“Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.”

I can just feel that this book is going to be as powerful as I have heard. I’m already loving the characters, and do you know what the bonus is? I found out that many of the characters in here are LGBTQ+. The synopsis did not hint at this at all, so it was a pleasant surprise when it was revealed a few pages into the book.

I looked at the book on Goodreads this morning, and then I saw it was indeed listed under the Lgbt category. I must have missed it earlier, or forgotten.

So I’m looking forward to that too!

I have high expectations for this book, so I’m predicting I will rate this book five stars.

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