The Crossover by Kwame Alexander | Review

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander | ReviewThe Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Series: The Crossover #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin on March 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Poetry
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.

Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

(Last Updated On: November 24, 2021)

what i liked

  • I had to read this one for my YA Lit class, and I LOVED IT. 
  • I think what I liked most was that it’s written in verse. It really made the book move along in a rhythmic way. I was basically beat-boxing the words in my head to a tune because of the rhyming schemes. It was a lot of fun to read.
  • It’s an easy read. It doesn’t take long at all.
  • The plot line is really interesting. I soon fell for Josh and Jordan and wanted them both to succeed, even though Josh really didn’t want any change in his life. He seemed to want to be just like his dad.
  • There’s a spin off novel about the Dad! I haven’t read it yet, but I definitely want to get my hands on it at some point.
  • It’s about sports! I play two sports in college and I have since 8th grade. I love playing sports and I’m a huge advocate for being part of a team because of the community that it creates.
  • Also, I literally disliked nothing. 
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