Book Review: Johnny and Jamaal

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Summary from Goodreads: 
Two athletes from different planets are on the verge of greatness. Johnny’s a carefree Canadian making his mark in the NHL. Jamaal’s set to follow LeBron and Kyrie out of the ghetto. When their worlds collide, the catastrophic clash ignites racial conflict not seen since Ferguson. The incident tests the fledgling love of Johnny’s best friend Lucas and his African-American girlfriend Chantal, and sets them on a quest for truth and justice in the perverse racial landscape of 2016.

As chaos escalates across American cities, an MLK-like voice rises from the ashes. Wilbur Rufus Holmes may be salvation for Luke and Chantal, but can he stop society’s relentless descent into racial discord?

Johnny and Jamaal is awash with sports, violence and political taboo, as America’s seething dysfunction is laid bare

Personal Review:
Do you enjoy books about sports? How about books about hard topics, like racism? Then this may be the book for you. In this book, we meet two different athletes and get to learn more about the sports that they play, the lives they lead, and what it means to be them.

I enjoyed this book because it made me think. The plot keeps you wondering what is next and opens the door for many conversations. I have not read a book quite like this before.

I appreciated the opportunity to review this book.

Disclaimer: I was awarded this book from the author. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Reading!

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