Black Swan

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For the past two weeks I’ve been reading a book entitled Tyrell. The author of the novel is Coe Booth. This was an extremely interesting book in my opinion. Genres included in the text were realistic fiction and fantasy. The two complimented the story really well. It’s a story about a teen that’s homeless, and feels money is the only way out. He plans to have a party, but it seemed he would end up like his father in jail. Though the odds are against him, Tyrell makes it out with more money than expected. Within the story I made a connection with the main character. His name is Tyrell Daniels. Tyrell is the oldest brother of two children, and a very responsible young man. He tries his best to remain calm and handle business while his father is away. Tyrell changes from static to dynamic by the end of the story. He does the right thing when he tells his best friend Calvin that he can’t bring drugs into the party area. I can identify with the character when he gets tired of feeling like the parent to his younger brother Troy. Another character is Troy, Tyrell’s younger brother. Troy is seven years old in the first grade, and because his mother likes to receive his SSI checks she keeps him in the PEC program. One more character is Jasmine. She is in the same situation as Tyrell, who becomes one of his closest companions. She’s a brace face acnified, thick sized, Puerto Rican. Despite all of these problems, she’s perceptually a beautiful young lady. The setting of this story is in the 1990’s. This story revolves around the ghetto in Brooklyn, New York. The setting of the story makes the story more believable, and the vivid descriptions make a mind movie. Basically, any reader can feel as if they are there in the same place as the character while reading the story. The author very well had a message to make with this story. The theme of this story…...

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