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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Long Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Coe Booth's first novel, TYRELL, is a masterfully written, gritty reality check of urban life through the eyes of a heavily burdened fifteen-year-old. After his father is sentenced to prison (for the third time), it is up to Tyrell Green to take care of both his derange...
Coe Booth's first novel, TYRELL, is a masterfully written, gritty reality check of urban life through the eyes of a heavily burdened fifteen-year-old. After his father is sentenced to prison (for the third time), it is up to Tyrell Green to take care of both his deranged mother and his seven-year-old brother, Troy. But Tyrell is only fifteen! Not only is he living in a completely run-down shelter, but he is broke, out of school, and struggling for some way to earn money to get his mom and brother out of shelter care and into an apartment of their own.

In a place like the Bronx, it is easy for young adults to get caught up in a life of crime. Tyrell knows this, but is also a man of principle (for the most part, at least). Refusing to earn his quick buck through such shady sources as drug dealing, he originates a plan to get the money he needs to get things back to the way they were. The question of whether it will work, or whether it will blow up in his face....you'll have to read TYRELL to find out (but it's worth it!)

The great thing about TYRELL is that Coe Booth keeps the pressure on at all times. Real life drama is quilted into the novel until the very end, and it is both humbling and very entertaining to read. She also incorporates real urban vernacular (e.g. "slang") to create an extremely real and convincing narrative.

Coe Booth creates an atmosphere so believable it's impossible not to walk away after reading the novel and not have taken something with you. The characters experience the lowest of lows, the highest of highs, and everything in-between throughout the course of the story--and it doesn't stop until the very end. Dripping from head to toe with sharp turns and very surprising climaxes, it's sure to keep you consumed until the last page.

It's a lot to pack into a story, but Booth does it gracefully and with extraordinary skill. I praise Ms. Booth's first novel and am waiting anxiously for the next.

Plus, she's a PUSH novelist, and it doesn't get much better than PUSH!

posted by TeensReadToo on November 18, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

distasteful

I was so unpleased with the book in the first chapter I skipped to the middle then the end of the book to see if it got any better. And it didn't. the language is inappropriate for school age children. I do not want my kids to think that this kind of language and/or gra...
I was so unpleased with the book in the first chapter I skipped to the middle then the end of the book to see if it got any better. And it didn't. the language is inappropriate for school age children. I do not want my kids to think that this kind of language and/or grammar is appropriate. It is very upsetting to know that this book is recommended for kids at the age of 12.

posted by Anonymous on September 19, 2007

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    I Recommend It AS SAD, AWESOME, AND INTERESTING BOOK

    Tyrell by Coe Booth is a very sad, and awesome book. IT is a very good book. I would recommend it to a friend and i would also recommend it to young adults and other teenagers like me as well and kids like twelve or eleven years old i would recommend it to. Tyrell talks about how tyrell has to become the man of the house. His mother and his little brother has to live in the shelter. IN the book, it seems like everybody is putting pressure on tyrell ,especially his own mother because his father is locked up. so I love the book i fell in love with it when i first read the first chapter and it is also very interesting. BUT the only bad thing is that the book has very short chapters. but i still recommend it to other people who would love to read the book... S


    SO PICK UP THE BOOK PEOPLE!! it is worth your money people!! if you fall in love with the book!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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