Nickel Boys

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard about Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. It’s been written up everywhere and garnered high praise. Like Underground Railroad, however, I liked this novel, but I didn’t love it. This book centered around Elwood who was sentenced to a reform school in Florida (based on the real Dozier School for Boys where bodies were found by University of South Florida graduate students in 2012. It details the brutalities as well as the friendships he formed. The book was well-written and interesting, but I expected more.

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