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To me, I find it very hard to find any faults in Jason Reynolds books. He is an amazing writer, but more than that, he is an artist. He weaves a story using the most simplistic terms, but intertwines the most powerful messages throughout.
This book was no different. Look Both Ways is an anthology of 10 stories told in ten blocks starring different kids, who all know each other in some way, or go to the same school. Their stories are sometimes intertwined, but other times not. They may all seem like such ordinary stories, that maybe, Reynolds should have talked about more serious struggles, but no, what I loved about this book is the fact that it takes ordinary kids with ordinary lives and yet it stills manages to highlight how different or challenging their lives are. That somehow, being a black kid walking home from school, is not the same journey and not the same experience that any other kid would have walking home from school. It's powerful in its own way. And I respect that 100%.
That being said, 3 stars, you ask? Well, that's the thing with anthologies. You win some, lose some. And for me, some stories were way more interesting than others, that I couldn't give it a higher rating.