Book: Johnny and Jamaal
Author: K.M. Breakey
Pages: 340 pg.
Genre: Sports and Games – Sports, Young Adult
Date Read: March 11, 2017
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
Synopsis 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.
I honestly had no idea what I was getting into when I first started this book. I wasn’t sure about it at first since it focuses on a difficult subject but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading it, I loved most of the characters and could relate to each of them. I also thought it was interesting to hear from each of the character’s POV. It did take me longer to finish this one than usually because of school and I also had to read a little bit at a time but I think I enjoyed being able to read a few chapters and then come back to it. One of the things that I didn’t like about this book though was the language. I also loved the writing style and definitely look forward to reading more books by this author.
Overall I really enjoyed it even though it was difficult to read sometimes because it focuses on a difficult subject but it was from a different perspective and would definitely recommend this one.