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"In this powerful and fast-paced YA contemporary debut, a Black teen from Brooklyn struggles to fit in at his almost entirely-white Manhattan prep school, resulting in a fight and a plan for vengeance."

If the summary blurb doesn't give it away, let me be clear that this book is not a light and fun read. Be prepared to be angry, sad, happy, and a whole mix of other emotions throughout this book. It tackles some hard themes, including racism and classism (as well as their intersection), but the author does so in a compelling and grounded way. The main character, Gil, is very elatable despite me not having much in common with him. That's a testament to the quality of writing, and the reason that even though the book touches on heavy subjects, I read it fairly quickly. Might be questionable for younger readers, but I'd recommend it to young adults and older.