NAMES WILL NEVER HURT ME by Jaime Adoff

NAMES WILL NEVER HURT ME

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

On the first year anniversary of a shooting death at Rockville High, both the administration and the students are finding the day challenging. Except for the presence of a television crew, things—especially the bullying—are mostly normal for four students, the alternating narrators of events. Marvin, a.k.a. Floater, is the inside snitch, Kurt, a.k.a., Dirt is the consummate victim, Tisha is the half-white, half-black new girl looking for her place, and Ryan is the star quarterback. Each speak in realistic terms (including some cursing) about their day, including their own musings in such distinctive voices that identification by name gradually becomes unnecessary. Sometimes the ramblings are intense with cadence and delivery so clear that readers will be rapping along. At other times, the pain and hurt take poetic form on the page, slowing the eye. Each student’s character is challenged in the end, when the tensions and inevitable consequences erupt. Adoff’s keen ear overcomes an improbable plot in this outstanding first novel. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-525-47175-8
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2004




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