Read This Book in One Day
I don't know if enjoyed is the right word to use when talking about this book but I felt so enthralled the entire time. The way that the author gives entire lives and backstories to every single one of the boys. It humanizes all of them in a way that never feels cheap or shallow. Allowing so many perspectives from every main character's life made the story feel like you could eliminate the suspects along with the characters. I knew from the beginning that it would very likely not be any of the teenage boys who killed the principal, it would go against the themes of the book, but even knowing that the end felt satisfying and thematically cohesive. This is definitely a very powerful book to introduce teenagers to the cycles of violence, poverty and the prison pipeline, but the education has to go beyond this book. This gives a human face to that problem, but empathy is just the beginning of what is required.