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Posted January 28, 2007
There's no 'I' in team
A book about a young man named Bullet Tillerman. He is a great runner and is even the star of the school track team, but he is not much of a team man. He is kind of a rebellious kid. He does not do what he is told and does what he wants. He runs for himself and nobody else. He runs to relieve the pressure from his know-it-all father and to get away from anything else that is bothering him. Everything changes when his coach asks him to help a new African-American teammate, Tamer Shipp, with his running. He refuses to help him because of his own prejudice problems and as a result, gets kicked off the team. Bullet finds a way to occupy all of his newly found free-time by spending hours with Patrice, an old wise man and Bullet¿s friend / employer. When Patrice ends up asking him why he is no longer on the track team, Bullet tells him it is because the Tamer is ¿colored.¿ Patrice is quite surprised with his response because he himself, is ¿colored,¿ as Bullet calls them. Patrice gets Bullet thinking. He soon comes to realize that no matter what color your skin is, you will still be yourself and that the only thing that matters is what kind of person you are. After he comes to realize all of this, he finally goes back to the track to help Tamer with his running technique and Tamer helps Bullet learn more about himself. The Runner was a surprisingly moving book. The theme of the book is to not judge another person by the color of their skin but by the person underneath. The beginning started off pretty intense and then it cooled down and the book became boring. Something I disliked about this book was the fact that some parts made me completely bored out of my mind and the other parts kept me interested in continuing on with the book. One thing that I liked about the book was the main character, Bullet, because he was rebellious in his own way and he kind of reminded me of myself in many ways, personality wise keeping inner thoughts inside, not caring much about what is happening around them, selfish most of the time, and angry at a lot of people and things. Something else that I liked about this book was the conversations between Tamer and Bullet. I thought that their conversations were comical sometimes. I would definitely recommend this book because it is a good read and you can relate to Bullet in more than one way.
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Posted October 6, 2009
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