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There is something in All American Boys for every reader. Told in dual points of view, from the perspective of a black teen who is beaten by a police officer and of a white boy who is intimately connected to that officer, the novel explores police brutality—and, by extension, racism and privilege—with precision and nuance. Its story is relevant to every American high school student, as it examines the way our everyday culture upholds systems of oppression against people of color, particularly black people.
All American Boys is among Sona Charaipotra's ten YA books that might change your life.